May 6, 2009

A Mother’s Work

Written by Boyd Bailey

A Mother’s Work… “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:” Proverbs 31:27-28

A mother’s work is never done. There is always another meal to prepare, a face to wipe, clothes to wash, an errand to run, a room to clean and a dollar to manage. She serves unselfishly like Jesus, “After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him” (John 13:5). A mother’s work makes those around her look good. She is God’s chosen one in the home.

The law of love and kindness is written on her heart, but some days it’s hard to have the right attitude. The work can become laborious, monotonous and taken for granted. It is at this point of feeling unappreciated that a wise mom reminds herself of heaven’s applause. She is really serving for an audience of one, her loving Lord. Her Savior Jesus smiles at her service and that’s enough. The reward of doing right encourages her heart to do right.

In addition there are the rewards of a child’s smile and warm embrace, “Thank you mommy for being my mommy”. Or a loving husband who genuinely thanks her and serves his wife by listening, serving and giving praise. She takes pride in her work, because she recognizes everything she has is a gift from God. Her home and family are a reflection of her and her Heavenly Father. She manages the home for her Master’s glory.

Lastly, her work is a model for her children to follow. Her actions become a teacher that prepares them for adulthood. Chores done well, create children who work well. Assign them responsibilities so they learn thoroughness, cleanliness and organization. Indeed, her work creates calm in the home, like the Lord quiets her soul, “But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me” (Psalm 131:2). “Am I content serving my family for Christ’s sake?”

Related Readings: Proverbs 4:3; Proverbs 31:10-31; 1 Timothy 5:14; Titus 2:4

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