Before we begin, let's start with a question. Have you ever taken a look at the "Who We Are" section in the side bar? If not, let's begin right there.
Homemakers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are stay-at home wives/mothers. Some work outside the home. Some are raising little ones. Some are empty nesters. Some are married. Some are walking this journey alone. Some are not there yet but hope to be soon. Whatever category you fall into, God has given us a wonderful position, a high calling, as homemakers. May He one day tell us, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."
Each and every one of us come from a completely different place- different backgrounds, different martial situations, different financial backgrounds, different home lives, and different parenting styles which helped to mold us into the adults that we are (not that our parents are at fault in any way for the choices that we have made along the way). However, as we journey through life, I think we all want the same thing at the end. For God to look down at us with His gentle loving smile and to say, "Well done, my daughter. You have been faithful. Come and share in your Master's happiness. (my paraphrase of Mathew 25:22).
The question remains. What do we need to do in order to receive that reponse from the Lord? I suggest that before we look at Titus we look at the parable of the talents from a woman's place in life (take a moment to read Matthew 25:14-30).
The master in this parable had three workers, but instead of giving each of them the same load, he saw what each could handle and dealt out the talents based on their individual ability. To one he gave 5 talents, to another he gave 2 talents, and to the last he gave 1 talent. Not because he was cruel but because he knew what the abilities of each were.
Now let's look at our own lives. You have been placed in a unique place in time. You have been given a unique set talents. Your family is unique. Your marriage is unique. God knows what your abilities and limitations are.
Do you want there to be growth in the areas you have been given? This is the part that gets a little tricky. If we want to be blessed with growth, we need to be faithful with what we have already been given. The servants were not given more talents until they had proven to their master that they knew how to be faithful with what he had originally given them.
As women, wives, and/or mothers (and for some grandmothers), we have been given a high calling by God Himself, to be a keeper of the home (more on what this phrase actually means in a future post). But he has not given us this responsibility without equipping us with the knowledge we need to in order to fulfill our duties and to show ourselves faithul. The knowledge He gives is not a list of "to-do's" that we need to check off each day, but more a handbook of right attitudes and heart adjustments in order for us to be successful in the place(s) He has put us.
When the day comes that we finally stand before Him, may we have been so faithful with what He has given us that He greets us with, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’