Explore thy own house.

So many times we find ourselves wanting to travel and see other places. To step outside of what we think we have become familiar with seems refreshing and gives some bragging rights. However has it ever seemed fitting to explore the familiar but from a different perspective? Sometimes its the perspective that needs to change to see the beauty that familiarity can create. I’ve lived in or around the city of Detroit for most of my life and unfortunately I plagued my  city with the stereotype that it has had nothing to offer me when it came to life experiences or “fun”. When it comes to my to do list, exploring Detroit rarely makes the list. However I can recall times that’s I’ve visited other states and the minute someone  discovers where I from, the negative stereotypes and sad stories of Detroit instantly began to surface. Then of course I spring into action, and  defend my city and all it has to offer, right? Like how fake am I being right now?!

Or lets take the other parallel of it; an outsider. Someone who isn’t born and raised here comes along and shows you all the beauty and power your city has to offer you or better yet, THEM!. Legit shows you places and opportunity rocks that you never thought to turn over. I’ve been there too, it took for someone looking for the beauty to find it, it wasn’t familiar so they searched, found, and helped me discover the possibilities that I’ve been living in and didn’t even know it. Sound familiar in more ways than one? Journey with me real fast. Read the post over but put yourself in place of being the city or familiar space. Here I’ll help….

So many times we find ourselves wanting to be different than what God has made of us. To step outside of what we think we have become familiar with seems refreshing and gives some bragging rights. A new hair do, a new significant other, a new car. Anything that would seem to give us the feeling of rejuvenation. However has it ever seemed fitting to explore the familiar but from a different perspective? Sometimes its the perspective that needs to change to see the beauty that familiarity can create. I’ve lived in or around myself for the past lets just say forever and unfortunately, Ive plagued myself with the stereotype that I am not good enough and I have nothing to offer when it came to life experiences or success. When it comes to my to do list, exploring “Ms.Phoenix” rarely makes the list. However I can recall times that’s I’ve encountered unfavorable individuals that just didn’t understand me, judged me ,then of course I spring into defensive mode and  defend myself and all that I am and what I ain’t got time for, right? Like how fake am I really being  right now?! Or lets take the other parallel of it; an outsider. Someone who isn’t familiar with you but legit helps you see all your potential; turns over all the opportunity rocks that you never thought to turn over. I’ve been there too, it took for someone looking for the beauty to find it, it wasn’t familiar so they searched, found, and helped me discover me and why “I’m is lit, why i’m is poppin’ , and why I’m is important”… Sound familiar?

In this life we get so lost in the everyday familiar. The everyday routine, the everyday ups and the every day downs that we forget to tap into exploring thy on house. So caught up in what everyone else is doing, what the new wave is, what city is better than the one we’re in, what new thing can make us feel happy. When it  all starts right at home; literally and figuratively. Of course I am not saying  never leave the house or never experience new things, but how can you appreciate those experiences if you don’t first appreciate your own? Your own city, your own being. Sometimes its the perspective that needs to change to see the beauty that familiarity can create….

 

 

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One thought on “Explore thy own house.

  1. I’m thinking of this church song that says, 🎶Love lifted me, love lifted me, when nothing else could help, love lifted me…..🎶

    God told Abraham to get from among his kindred and to go to a place he would show him. Genesis 12:1 In this place, God was going to make Abraham great! All cities pretty much have the same elements (pleasing activities and not so pleasing activities or situations) all in varying degrees. If you remember, Egypt was a rich place, but it was not “a good place” for the children of Israel. The children of Israel were slaves, and the Egyptians were enjoying what really was a sinful life at their expense. For some, Detroit is a paradise; and for some Detroit is a type of “Egypt.” Does that make Detroit not an enjoyable, rich, and fruitful place? No it doesn’t.

    Some discontented really is God pushing us to our greatness. When something is destined by God, there is nothing that can satisfy you until you reach “that God place.”

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