What Kind of Environment are You?
Some favorite quotes from Edith Schaeffer, The Hidden Art of Homemaking
"It is true that all men are created in the image of God, but Christians are supposed to be conscious of that fact, and being conscious of it should recognize the importance of living artistically, aesthetically, and creatively, as creative creatures of the Creator. If we have been created in the image of an Artist, then we should look for expressions of artistry, and be sensitive to beauty, responsive to what has been created for our appreciation.
"In the power of the Holy Spirit we can be an environment that is really an art form God can be using directly to affect and involve other people.
"So God is specific about the environment of heaven; no spot, no dirt, no sin is to enter in to spoil it. That environment is protected. We will not be involved in sin or temptation there...However, here in this life, a Christian should be an environment which is helpful to the people with whom he lives. This is not just a matter of dress and tidiness but also of character and spiritual life.
"It is worth considering what sort of an 'art form' we are. What sort of an environment do we drag in with us? How do we affect other people in their attitudes toward that which we are supposed to represent?
"We are either being what the Holy Spirit would have us be, or we are hindering His work in us and through us.
"I am sure that there is no place in the world where your message would not be enhanced by your making the place (whether tiny or large, a hut or a palace) orderly, artistic and beautiful with some form of creativity, some form of 'art'.
"It goes without saying, too, that 'The Environment', which is you should be an environment which speaks of the wonder of the Creator who made you."