I once heard a quote in the not-so-distant past that said something along the lines of:
“Any honest work is the work of the Lord.”
I instantly fell in love with this concept and the idea that you don’t just have to be knocking on doors or handing out pamphlets, trying to bring souls to God in order to be doing His work. If I am being an honest worker–no matter what the setting–then I’m doing His work. This has completely changed the way I approach being a receptionist. I don’t browse the internet anymore, I make sure to use my time wisely by seeking out productive things to do if there is down time, I make sure to always be filing or faxing if I’m gabbing with my co-workers, etc. And I have felt closer to God because of it. I have felt The Spirit in my heart as an employee because I’m being honest with my time, and with His time, at my job.
But, as some of you may know, I have recently gotten a lot of hours cut at work, so I am home a lot with my chubby bubbers now. While I totally prefer this gig and absolutely love being at home and spending time with him, I have found that it is very easy to waste time as a stay-at-home-mom, especially when your bubbers is napping or playing with his toys or being raised by Baby Geniuses. I get sucked into The Today Show, then Live! With Kelly, then Rachel Ray, then The View, then The Chew, then Revolution, then The Talk, then Ellen….. and my whole day is gone!! I am not using my time honestly, that is for sure. Meanwhile the laundry builds up, the dishes in the sink start to stink, the poopy diaper bin starts to overflow…. and I find myself getting depressed and resentful that John “doesn’t do anything around the house…”
But I’ve done some growing up lately, and I’ve had an epiphany. Since I’m not working out of the home much anymore, I have decided to approach being a stay-at-home-mom as my job, and I’ve reflected upon what I need to be doing at home in order to be doing honest work. After all, sitting on my bahonkis and wasting time watching T.V. all day when I could be out earning money for our family, and then holding it against John that our dishes pile up when he IS out trying to bring in money for our family, is most definitely not being honest with my work, or my time, or The Lord.
I’ve thought about it and have come with a mental list of daily tasks for myself, just like I have a list of shift tasks as a receptionist, that will help me monitor my use of time and my quality of homemakerness. They’re nothing too demanding or unique, just things probably every other wife and mother does, tasks that include things that have to do with making our house a home (And I don’t expect John to do anything on my task list anymore, so I am much happier to do them and am pleasantly surprised when he does do some of the things. He has his job of school and work, and I have mine as a stay-at-homemaker.). And I most certainly feel closer to God as I am using His time honestly by being the best mother, wife, and homemaker I can be. I have just resolved that if I can’t be at work as much as I’d prefer, I will make the most of working for my family (and, essentially, Heavenly Father) and make our lil’ abode a delicous-smelling place of safety, comfort, and love. So that’s what I’m doing now.
And I really can’t remember the last time I was this happy.