Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds… Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates…” Deuteronomy 11:18, 20
I came across a wonderful idea recently. People are writing God’s word behind the walls of their houses, on the studs, before the drywall goes in.
I immediately loved this idea, to be surrounded by God’s Word and wonderful thoughts in our new home.
We have always had a small assortment of decorative wall art around our home that incorporates scripture or prayers. I have lovely wall crosses from around the world which have always graced each room. We are Christians, and these serve to remind us daily whose we are and what we are about; to be an example of Christ’s love (and we do this much more imperfectly than we’d like). We don’t wish to barrage our guests, or be hit-you-over-the-head-with-scripture Christians (Jesus has told us, “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them,” “set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity,” “be doers of the Word and not hearers only”). I have chosen not to put an ichthus (“Jesus Fish”) on the back of my car because I’m ashamed to admit I can fall way short of ideal Christ-like behavior when behind the wheel (maybe that’s why Jesus stuck to livestock transportation). I know that God will dwell in our home because of how we choose to follow and serve Him. “As for me an my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15).
We have non-Christian friends and family, whom we love and who wish us well. Their loving sentiments also mean a lot to us. While words from scripture are meaningful to us, there are also some wonderful non-biblical sayings, quotes, poems, or sentiments that we would welcome as well. Thoreau, Shaw, and Twain have some lovely sayings. My favorite Hunter Thompson quote, for example:
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow, what a ride!”
In roughly two weeks, we can write our behind-the-wall scriptures. We have already cleared this with our building manager, and indicated that if anyone involved in the construction of the house feels so moved, we welcome their contributions. I’d love to have a group of our closest friends there writing away, to have a house dedicated and steeped in prayer, but the realities of February travel dictate that is not likely to happen. In lieu of that, I’m hoping friends will mail me their verses, preferably in their own handwriting, which we can affix to studs (i.e., less than 4 inches wide). Friends, text if you need the current mailing address.
Knowing these words of God, and the well-wishes of family and friends, will surround us in our new home, is quite special.