Tuesday, August 20, 2019

No Greater Task Than Making a Home

It is the simple fact that there is no greater task, responsibility and privilege in this world than to make a home. It may well be that when women are involved in the hundred and one wearing duties which children and a home bring with them, they may say: “If only I could be done with all this, so that I could live a truly religious life.” There is in fact nowhere where a truly religious life can better be lived than within the home. 
In the last analysis there can be no greater career than that of homemaking. Many a man, who has set his mark upon the world, has been enabled to do so simply because someone at home loved him and tended him. It is infinitely more important that a mother should be at home to put her children to bed and hear them say their prayers than that she should attend all the public and Church meetings in the world. 
It has been said that consecration is that which makes drudgery divine; and there is no place where consecration can be more necessarily and beautifully shown than within the four walls of the place which we call home. The world can do without its committee meetings; it cannot do without its homes; and a home is not a home when the mistress of the home is absent from it.

~W. Barclay, in The Letters to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon

Oh, what a beautiful and blessed quote!  So often, we Christian women, even in the church, are discouraged from our great homemaking duties.  We receive no encouragement from the pulpit, no recognition of our great duties, no realization that we are doing a great work at home, raising up the future generations which will hopefully fill the churches.  Instead, we often only hear how our children will be taught at church instead of by us, or that we women must be at every church meeting or we are thereby neglecting our Chrisitan duty.  There are so many things trying to take us away from home and being keepers there.  But at home, at home, is our blessed duty unto our Lord.  Let us be happy making a beautiful, Christ-centered home for our families.

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  1. Thank you for sharing these thoughts. Doing our tasks at home make so much possible for our families!

  2. Yes, when we are busy at home, we can be such a blessing to our families.

  3. I just listened to a very riveting sermon by the late David Wilkerson. He was speaking on all the social issues that have arisen due to Mothers(and Dads) not being at home and/or being disconnected from what is going on in their families. There is no real home base any more, just cold dwelling places.

  4. That sounds like a good sermon, Kim. Thankfully there are still mothers and fathers who are involved with their children and especially their spiritual lives. But yes, sadly, there is so much neglect now of these most important duties.


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