Our homes must not become museums of beautiful collections, and things that no one can touch. I have known of people who never used the living room. It was only for company. Or of people who had so many collectibles that they were uncomfortable having families over because something might get broken.
I have never been one to 'baby proof' my house. Shocking, isn't it? I taught my children from a young age to just not touch certain things. That didn't mean I left an heirloom item on the coffee table, though either. My children were taught to ask before they touched something. It's normal for them to be curious about certain things and if they wanted to see it or hold it, I took the time to sit with them and show them. We would talk about it and they could 'explore' with out just grabbing it. In this way, it was normal for them to go to other peoples homes with us and to not touch their things either.
We do like to have things about us that we love. We have pretty things. But our house is a 'hands on house'. A place where the people who live here enjoy and a place that the friends and family who come know they are welcome. All of them, busy hands toddlers and all.
God has given us our homes to shelter us; to give us a place of refuge from the storm - sometimes literally! They are given to us to share with others as a way to bless them, and ourselves. If our 'treasures' mean more to us than relationships, than something is wrong.
Tim and I chose many years ago that we would always choose "People over things." This is a motto in our family life. Sometimes it is inconvenient, but it is always right.
The Lord was involved with people during His entire ministry. He cared about them, ate with them, had friendships. He wept with them. We are to follow His example.
Living in a museum might suit some folk, but for me I would rather enjoy a bright eyed three year old's joy over drinking tea from a real teacup, enjoy the older kids playing games at the table, piling on the chairs and couches to watch a movie all together.
My house may not be a museum, but it fits us just right!
Romans 12:13 - Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
1 Peter 1:4 - Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.
1 Timothy 5:10 - well reported for good works: if she has brought up children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, if she has diligently followed every good work.