I was recently speaking with someone who was complaining about not being recognized for her leadership in a group. She made the comment, "So what, all I'm good for is cooking and cleaning the house?" Although I said nothing, I thought "All I want to be good for is cooking and cleaning. All I want in this world is to make our home." The only title I want is "homemaker." I've had other titles. I've had fancy titles and very responsible titles. None of them made me feel like I was home. None of my titles gave me the calm in my spirit that being a wife, mother, and homemaker has given me. This is God's will for my life.
I was listening to a Cindy Rushton seminar recently and she was talking about a time when her children were small. She was in Sunday school telling her class about how God blessed her days with her children. She told her Sunday school teacher how each day was full of teachable moments. After finishing her explanation of her week, her teacher said, "That's great Cindy, but what have you done for God lately?" I have received comments like this many times. I've had people question what I know to be God's will for my life in just the same way Mrs. Rushton described. Once, I told someone that all I wanted was to be home with my children, educating them and taking care of our home. That person said, "Yes, but is that all GOD wants you to do?" Somehow, homemaking has become a secondary pursuit that comes AFTER God's true calling in our lives. Some time in the past 50 years, homemaking has become something you do if you have time, not a calling in one's life. Many people question a homemaker asking if there is something more that they could be doing.
Today, as I was making supper, it hit me. Just as clearly as anything has ever been, I knew my response to all the questioners. I know, today, my response to all those who would say that I need to be working for the kingdom outside my home. And, hopefully, I can communicate this as clearly to you as it was when the Lord first laid it on my heart this afternoon.
I make my home so that my husband can go to work. By keeping our home, he can go and earn a living without worrying that things are being taken care of at home. By keeping our home, my husband can reach out to those at work. He can share scriptures with others and speak with conviction about his beliefs because there is no baggage from home that he carries with him to work. And because he is earning a living outside our home, he is able to give to the kingdom through tithes and offerings. He can give these tithes and offerings because I have kept his home. By keeping our home, our boys and my husband can bring friends home with confidence knowing that all will be welcome and a warm meal will be prepared. By keeping our home, my children will grow in grace each day. I am here to catch those times when the boys want to talk. We can be in the word each day together, because I am keeping our home. By keeping our home, my boys will grow up and reach out to those in their community and at their workplaces. They will be confident in their faith and secure in their identities because I kept their home.
What have I done for the kingdom today? I've impacted every person with whom my husband has come in contact, because I kept his home. I've impacted all of my children's friends, because I kept our home. I'm part of each person to whom my children will witness in the future, because I was faithful to God's call in my life. When He said, "Keep this home for Me." I said, "Here I am!"
I read this quote on Mrs. Wilt's website: http://www.thesparrowsnest.typepad.com/ Martin Luther said, "What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow." He saw the importance of home keeping and elevated the calling to one of Godliness.
Several weeks ago, God gave me a verse. Jesus actually said this about his ministry, but it applies to my life as well: "This is the will of the Father who sent me, that of all He has given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day." John 6:39. I wrote this in my journal and wrote, "This is my calling in life!" and circled it. God gave me my husband and my two sons. He gave me a home to keep for them. I will lose nothing, and will raise it up at the last day. I will keep their home.
I am called to be a home maker. Would you go to your Pastor and ask him to take a job building highways? No, you would not because he answered the call to shepherd a flock. Would you ask an artist to go and be a brick layer? No, because he is gifted by God as an artist and you don't question that giftedness. I was given the calling to be a home maker. So, no, I won't be taking on many other responsibilities outside my home, because this is to where God has called me. I know this because this is the only job I've ever had that DOESN'T make me say, "Well, this is nice...and I'm good at it, but there has to be something better out there." When I wake up, I know that I am doing the exact job God made me to do. I am a wife. I am a mother. I am cooking, cleaning, and homeschooling. I am making the home that God planned for myself, my husband, and my sons. And through this home, He will do great things.