Read Joshua 24:14-27.
“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. . . . But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (v. 15).
There’s no place like home, and for one glorious, record-setting stretch, the Auburn women’s basketball team was the ultimate bunch of homebodies.
On Feb. 2, 1986, the Tiger women lost to Kentucky in double overtime on their home court. After that night, they began a march to a remarkable accomplishment. They did not lose again at home until Nov. 24, 1991, when they fell to Northwestern in the second game of the 1991-92 season.
With such players as Vickie Orr, Carolyn Jones, and Mae Ola and Ruthie Bolton leading the way, the Auburn women set an NCAA record by winning 68 straight home games, breaking the previous mark of 62 held by Louisiana Tech. (The record is now held by the University of Connecticut.)
While she was at Auburn, Orr was a three-time All-America and was the SEC Player of the Year. Mae Ola Bolton was SEC Freshman of the Year in 1985; Ruthie followed suit in 1986. Ruthie’s jersey was retired in 2001. Their coach, Joe Ciampi, said the sisters were “critical in Auburn’s drive to national prominence.” Jones was a two-time All-American guard in 1990 and 1991 whose jersey was also retired in 2001.
Ciampi was the Tiger head coach during that remarkable run, but he never really talked to his team about the streak, and setting the record was never a goal for the Tigers. Instead, Ciampi remarked that the streak “was just another step on the ladder to help us be successful in our ultimate goal,” which was to win a national championship. Nevertheless, nobody in the history of the women’s college game to that point had loved playing at home or done a better job of it than had the Auburn Tigers.
Your own home is a lot like that. You enter it to find security, love, and joy as the Tigers always do when they play at home. It’s the place where your heart feels warmest, your laughter comes easiest, and your life is its richest. It is the center of and the reason for everything you do and everything you are.
How can a home be such a place?
If it is a home where grace is spoken before every meal, it is such a place. If it is a home where the Bible is read, studied, and discussed by the whole family gathered together, it is such a place. If it is a home that serves as a jumping-off point for the whole family to go to church, not just on Sunday morning and not just occasionally, but regularly, it is such a place. If it is a home where the name of God is spoken with reverence and awe and not with disrespect and indifference, it is such a place.
In other words, a house becomes a true home when God is part of the family.
Everybody’s better at home. — Basketball player Justin Dentmon
We are continually homesick for our real home, which is with God in Heaven.