A Woman’s Great and Noble Calling
Updated: Jan 18, 2020
Being a mother is a high and noble calling. As a first time mom of a 9 month old, I can say that it is the most fulfilling job I’ve ever had! I have never felt so much joy in anything I’ve ever done before.
Unfortunately in our day and age, it is looked upon as not enough. “What do you do?” Oh I’m a stay-at-home-mom. “Do you have a job?” Um, hello! I just told you my job!
In today’s world, women are expected to have a career, and you’re frowned upon if you don’t have an out-of-home job. But let me tell you the truth: If all you do is stay home and take care of your children all day, it is enough.
And for those mamas that do have careers and work outside the home, let me tell you that it is not a bad thing. But all mamas, working or not, have been entrusted with the most important task in the world: raising a godly seed.
You see, according to God’s Word, men are commanded to work. They are commanded to have a job and provide for their families. And as my pastor pointed out recently, women are not commanded to work, but instead are commanded to be keepers of the home and family. But take note of the wording used: even though women are not commanded to work as a man is, this doesn’t mean women are not allowed to work. There is a difference.
According to God’s Word, our main focus and job as women should be this: to love our husbands and children, to be homemakers, and to be women of good and godly character (Titus 2:4-5). So whether you work outside the home or not, our first calling is to our families. Everything else is secondary.
I wholeheartedly believe that mamas are the cornerstone for the world around us.
- We are the homemakers, caretakers and bedrock for our families. When the world is in chaos around us, we are the ones who make our home a haven and a place of peace.
- We are the ones our husbands come home to after a long day of work.
- We are the ones who help our husbands make hard decisions for our families, and we are the ones who create havens for them during the difficult seasons of life.
- Generally, we are the ones who plan and provide food for our households each day.
- We clean snotty noses, take temperatures and give snuggles when our babies are sick.
- We give comfort and clean up emotional and physical booboos when they are hurt.
- We give wisdom and advice to our children whenever they are having a hard time at school. - We help with homework, clean the house, make the grocery list and try to keep up with the laundry. And much more.* As wives and mothers, we have a huge responsibility.
We have been given the task of raising a godly seed. Day-in and day-out, we are to be teaching our children the ways of the Lord with every opportunity we’re given. What a huge responsibility that is!
If you never accomplish anything else in life but raising godly children and being a capable, loving and godly wife and mother, let me tell you this: it is enough in the Lord’s eyes. (Titus 2:4-5)
*I do realize that this list is shared between husbands and wives. But generally speaking, housework and taking care of the children mainly falls on the woman’s shoulders, whether you work outside the home or not. Also, this post does not include those women who choose not to marry, or who choose to marry but not have children. I did not try to exclude them; I realize they exist and I don’t believe they are wrong for their choices. But I am only talking about those women who do marry and have children because that is what the majority of women do. :)