Open Concept

“Open Concept”

Donna S. Bond

Shiloh SDB Church, NJ


“I have learned in whatsoever state I am,

therewith to be content.” — Philippians 4:11 (KJV)



My husband and I watch programs relating to buyingand/or renovating properties. Having grown up in 19th century parsonages and then bought only fixer-uppers we could afford, we are amazed at complaints and expectations prospective home owners express. While we see a magazine-picture-perfect kitchen, potential buyers’ comments range from “It’s dated,” or “needs to be ‘did over,’” to “won’t work for our family.”

Everyone wants an “open concept” living space (Little House on the Prairie?). The master bedroom needs a walk-in closet and en suite (bathroom).

“There’s no view of the ocean from my bed.”

“Utility wires obstruct the view.”

“The fourth bedroom is on the first floor.”

(Wait 30 years!)

“The third bathroom is near the kitchen.”

“There’s only one sink in the en suite.”

“The shower is set-in.”

Carpet (once a luxury) “needs to go.”

“There’s no man cave…or dance studio…

or play room.”

“The drawer pulls are too big.”

When the final project is completed and the designer has furnished every stick of furniture, knick-knack, artwork, and dinnerware, everyone oohs and ahhs over the beautiful black-and-white décor which looks pretty much like the one-room living space we saw on yesterday’s show.

Perhaps a grateful, open mind for the Lord’s provision would go far in enhancing contentment in “whatsoever state”!


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