Photo by Flickr user Madame Ming licensed under Creative Commons

Photo by Flickr user Madame Ming licensed under Creative Commons

By Yay Padua-Olmedo

Once in a while, I get to be a lipat-bahay (house transfer) wannabe-expert.

This senior happens to have been in the hustle-bustle of two lipatans while my son’s family moved―first from a rented flat to a house of their own in one U.S. state; then, when they transferred to the west coast recently (from an apartment to their new house). For good, I pray!

These creaky knees and gouty foot probably could not stand any more lipatan. Sharing with you some lipatan lessons before they get trashed off my memory bin:

  • Organize and label your packed boxes or bags to easily and promptly stash them in their intended rooms or closets―makes it easier for the family to settle down in your new place .
  • If you’re buying new furnishings, take time to do Google search, visit stores and compare prices to ensure you get best value for your hard earned money.
  • Husbands, let it go! Allow your wives’ decorating instinct to bloom. A must to maintain the peace. (Unless you want them not speaking to you for days. Hmmm…)
  • Finally, no moving targets! Set a definite date to transfer so you don’t dilly-dally on your packing―because staying much longer in your rented place suggests additional cost, which you could save for oncoming monthly mortgages.

If your dream house is ready for occupancy, why delay?

Realities of course could prevent you from moving as scheduled: family situations or priorities demanding immediate attention, very demanding work, or you’re plain stressed and lack the energy to get into the groove to move.

Makes me wonder. The houses, even mansions, people build on a few hundred square meters of earth are temporary―may even be a source of sorrow for many because of sky-high amortizations, high maintenance and utilities cost, the need for pricey furnishings and décor, and possible natural aggravations like typhoons.

Owning a house which you can call a home is a blessing. Here’s the irony: Many make a living to acquire possessions, yet find themselves hardly savoring their benefits.

That’s why I’m relieved, even ecstatic, when I think of my eternal home. I don’t even need to sweat to move in―because Someone already paid the price so I can take residence there, for good.

Jesus says in John 14:2 (King James), “In my Father’s house are many mansions…” He’s prepared our eternal dwelling place for us, ready at a breath’s notice.

No wonder He cautions (John 14:1), “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.”

The key to the door? Acts 16:31―”Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” That’s a covenant promise. You and your loved ones could be part of His family. Heavenly mansions have been deeded to you―if you’d confess Jesus as your Savior and Lord.

Jesus Himself will welcome you! (John 14:3).

No packing. No aggravation. Ready when you are, Jesus!