You go in and out of your front door every day. You go out into the world through your front door. You come back into your home through your front door.
Because your front door is your transition between worlds, it is a great opportunity to live with greater intention. Make stepping through your front door a brief ceremony.
Step Out Into the World as a Gift
Don’t mindlessly step through your front door. When you go out in the morning, pause and check your attitude. Is your heart open or closed? Are you headed out to give or to take? When you go out the front door, hold your head up high and remind yourself of who you are:
“[I am God’s] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that I should walk in them. ” — Ephesians 2:10
Then head into your day open to the world as a gift. Your doorframe becomes a daily reminder that you are created with purpose. You are deeply loved and that love compels you to love others.
Step Into Your Home in Peace
When you come home at the end of the day (or anytime), use your step through your front door to transition to your home life.
Likely you have cares, even worries. Likely some things went well and some not so well. But bringing that into your home won’t help you.
Worry about the future and regret about the past will rob you of the joy available to you at home. If you live with loved ones, don’t take your outside stuff inside. You may want to talk about your day for a bit with your spouse when you catch up during the evening. But don’t let it overshadow the joy of the moment.
When I sit down with my wife in the evening, we do talk about how the day went. We also talk about what will be going on tomorrow. But I also make sure to stay present. I think about how nice it is to sit with my wife and talk for a while in the peace of the evening.
Use your step through the door to drop your worries. They will be there in the morning and you can pick them up again if you’d like. It won’t do anyone any good for you to trudge through the house with them all evening.
Here’s a Bible verse you might use to help leave your worries at the door and enjoy the evening:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:6-7
Use Your Front Door as a Ceremonial Portal
Your front door is a perfect opportunity to be more mindful about your life.
Consider what you are heading toward.
Choose your attitude as you go out or go in.
Then move forward toward a more intentional and joyful life.
You are God’s gift to the world. Believe it. Own it. Live it!