According to Titus 2:5 it is important that a young woman keep her home. She is “to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to [her] husband, so that no one will malign the Word of God.” Unfortunately, our society has taken this out of context and we have placed more importance on keeping up appearances than anything else. I ran across this great poem today that was a refreshing reminder of what my most important role in my home is…raising my children. Too many days are spent focusing on the aesthetics and not on the tasks that have true value, real merit and will place an indelible mark on the future.
I Took His Hand and Followed
Mrs. Roy L. Peifer
My dishes went unwashed today,I didn’t make the bed,
I took his hand and followed Where his eager footsteps led.
Oh yes, we went adventuring, My little son and I…
Exploring all the great outdoors Beneath the summer sky
We waded in a crystal stream,We wandered through a wood…
My kitchen wasn’t swept today, But life was gay and good.
We found a cool, sun-dappled glade, And now my small son knows
How Mother Bunny hides her nest, Where jack-in-the-pulpit grows.
We watched a robin feed her young, We climbed a sunlit hill…
Saw cloud-sheep scamper through the sky, We plucked a daffodil.
That my house was neglected, That I didn’t brush the stairs,
In twenty years, no one on earth, Will know, or even care.
But that I’ve helped my little boy, To noble manhood grow,
In twenty years, the whole wide world, May look and see and know.
Although it appears that the author of the poem was referring to educating her son in general, Christian mothers (which should really be all mothers) have the added responsibility of raising our children in God-centered homes. A mother’s faithful instruction multiplies to bless others as her children grow into mature servants of God. 2 Tim. 1:5
2 Timothy 1:5 (ASV)
5 having been reminded of the unfeigned faith that is in thee; which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and, I am persuaded, in thee also.