|The essence of the home
is our relationship
with nature with its primary function to provide a physical shelter
for our physical bodies. Food, clothing, and shelter are three basic
elements of provision that God ultimately provides. On this very
fundamental level, the home preserves the body from the elements providing
health and safety for us.
The home can also be an outlet for creativity, order, beauty, function, ownership, achievement, use of natural resources, and so forth. These elements intensify as one moves out from their childhood home to rent, to purchase, and ultimately to design and build a home. Like many other activities, involvement in the home must be kept in check because excesses can diminish the Lord's place in our life.
In academia, the home shows up on the third of three tiers in the areas of construction technology, the applied art of architecture, and the applied science of engineering. Even though the emphasis of the home is our relationship with nature, God would have us pursue it with passion and glorify Him through it. God ultimately provides us shelter and the world to live in.