Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Homemaker and Responsibility

Young Woman Cleaning Bathroom Sink  

As homemakers, we need to have a great sense of responsibility.  Responsibility means to assume work or commitments with a feeling of accountability for that work.  When we are at home, we don't want to be purposeless in our days, but instead remember that we have a commitment here to do our best for God's glory.  We may not have a boss overseeing us, but the Lord is watching us in all we do.  We need to remember that we are responsible for our time, for training our children, for making a nice home for our families, for making delicious and healthful meals, and for teaching our children the things they need to learn.  There is an endless amount of things we can do at home--there is no room for boredom or being lazy with our work.  Of course, this doesn't mean we can never relax or rest, but we must keep that great sense of responsibility with us.

If we had work outside the home, whether in an office, business, or church, we would have responsibility for certain jobs.  Having this feeling of responsibility is a character trait that some people have, and some don't.  If you don't have it, it can be a hard one to acquire, but with the Lord's help and prayer, we can improve in this area.  If we want to succeed at home, we must realize that our husbands and children are relying on us, and that we are accountable to the Lord.  There is really no one else to take care of our homes and families--we must do it.

If you've never read it before, this is one of my favorite quotes by my friend Lydia.  It is a good thing to call to remembrance in our day to day lives at home:

"I work for a King. He has put me in charge of his home. When He comes to see how I have managed His possessions and His children, I do not want to be found wanting. I want to do my best. Everything I have is on loan from Him. I have room and board and a job to do, but it is all for Him. Therefore I want to dress my best and do my best in all my work. I also want to be creative, for this is a sincere attempt to glorify Him and His beautiful creation. How I manage my home is a form of worship to Him."
~Lydia Sherman
Some things I have responsibility for today are some errands to run, checking my children's school work, planning more lessons for all my children, returning phone calls, catching up on some housework, and other things as well.  If you have a lot to accomplish in a day, it usually helps to make a list and even make a flexible schedule, estimating the time it will take you to do such things.

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