This story is not for the claustrophobic at heart. In Warsaw, Poland, Polish architect Jakub Szczesny has designed and built a 46-square-foot house, called the Keret House, in an alley between two other buildings. The tiny fridge in the tiny kitchen can hold two cans of soda. The bathroom has a shower that hovers almost directly over the toilet. It has no windows and one must use a ladder to get to the house’s sole bedroom. The house is five feet wide at its broadest point and three feet wide at its narrowest (Meredith Galante, Business Insider, 10/19/12).
Is this a publicity stunt, an engineering project, or something else? The house will be rented to some “lucky” tenant at some point, though for now patrons of a local Warsaw museum who have donated $6 or more are being given the opportunity to tour the house. Can you imagine how cramped it would be living in the Keret House?
Every day, the majority of the world live so far beneath their blessings. Instead of preparing to live in the “house of the Lord forever” (Ps. 23:6), they have chosen the slums of sin. With the blessings of prayer, guidance from Scripture, peace, joy, and service within their grasp, they confine themselves in the small and cramped prison of self. Benjamin Franklin is attributed as originating the saying, “A man wrapped up in himself makes a pretty small package.” The amazing part is that this is the freewill choice of the majority, and each of us struggles against making the very same decision. James, in two graphic statements, calls or equates “selfish ambition” with arrogance, lying against the truth, disorder, and every evil thing (3:14,16).
Most of us would not choose a physical existence that was so small and confining. Why choose to do that spiritually, especially when there is plenty of room in the Father’s house (John 14:2). Let us choose to “move on up” from self to serve the Savior!