Sometimes making a home is grueling work. The path is strewn with endless laundry, sleepless nights, stretched faith and missing socks.
Sometimes the world derides homemaking, claiming that homemakers are burying their talents and wasting their lives.
This is far from true!
As G.K. Chesterton so beautifully put it, “How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? …a woman’s function is laborious….because it is gigantic, not because it is minute.”
A simple homemaker wears a dizzying array of hats. Among them:
- House cleaner
- Interior designer
- Hair dresser
- Household steward
Yes, a homemaker’s task is gigantic!
And, contrary to what the world says, the homemaker’s career is one of the most unique and freeing callings in the modern world. What other callings have the breadth of creative freedom that we homemakers enjoy as we build our homes?
Though God has laid down principles in His Word, homemakers have so much liberty within those bounds, from the activities we join to the menus we plan. From the skills we pursue to the decor we use.
Just like there are ten thousand types of flowers that uniquely showcase the wonder of God’s creation, so each “wisely-built” home is a unique mirror of His glory.
Each woman paints the strokes in the culture of her home. Your home and mine are gloriously distinct.
When blessed with marriage, we are called to be the glory and delight of our husbands. How that dance plays out from one godly home to the next is dramatically different.
When the patter of small feet fills the home, we are called to open a new world before the breathless delight of childhood. Yet the methods and materials we use to raise our little arrows in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord” varies widely.
Building a home is no easy task. But as we seek God’s wisdom, let us embrace the incredible freedom He gives as we joyfully make our homes.