Homemakers are important, whatever today’s culture might say to the contrary. People need homes, and homes must be made – they don’t exist by themselves. Being a homemaker is a valuable vocation to families and to society at large that cannot be underestimated, so it is worthwhile to work at becoming a better homemaker.
Homemakers may be employed elsewhere or may spend the bulk of their energies on the home and in its sphere, but either way, every home has a maker of one sort or another.
If we’re to be homemakers, let’s look at how we can be better homemakers. Let us intentionally improve our craft and increase our skill in our role.
If people are important, then homes will always be important, also.
People need homes. Even if it’s a mud hut, it is a home to be “made.”
Homemaking is not about displaying middle class sensibilities or acquiring appropriate seasonal decor; homemaking is about loving people in practical, tangible, daily, mundane ways.
Perhaps some have ambition to become better homemakers in order to glorify themselves. If we use our houses to display personal taste, showcase our style, or even minimize personal inconvenience, then we are not making homes, but serving ourselves.
Ambition, in homemaking, should not be about proving one’s worth, showing one’s style, or making life easy.
Wanting to grow in skill and competency is not the same as selfish ambition. If we have been given a vocation – and we have – then we should seek to fulfill it faithfully and to grow up into it, doing so more and more, serving therein more and more.
To grow in our competency and our faithfulness in our God-given vocation, we must first understand what it is.
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Home is “the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.”
A maker is “a person or thing that makes or produces something.” To make is to “form (something) by putting parts together or combining substances; construct; create”
Therefore – Homemaker.
Put these two together and you have a homemaker, a person who combines parts to construct a place for people to live as family.
Homemaking is not a dead end in life.
Homemaking is not about the number of children you have, nor about the taste of your decor, nor about maintaining perpetual order. It is about faithfully stewarding the resources of the family: the family itself, the house they live in, and the resources they have. Why? For a testimony, that the word of God may not be reviled.
No, rather, as a homemaker we make places where the Word of God is honored, taught, discussed, and lived out.
Homemaking is tending, keeping, and working our own spaces, our own lives, for the glory of God and the increase of His kingdom.
The house can be a mess in the line of duty. It shouldn’t stay there, but it will – often – get there. Making meals creates dirty dishes;
“If He wants us to obey the Great Commission and conquer this world for Christ, and if He tells half the human race that they’re in charge of tending the home, it follows from this that the home is actually one of the most strategic and important tools by which the world will be won.” ― Rebekah Merkle, Eve in Exile
There are three areas of responsibility in homemaking, and we should consciously work to improve our management of each, not for our own sakes, but in service of others and for the glory of God.
As the place of permanent residence, the home is where most meals are taken; as a place for people to live in fellowship, the home houses the family meals.
Meals must be made, one way or another. Whether cooked from scratch or not, whether made by hand or purchased from another, the homemaker’s duty is to ensure her people are fed.
In bringing people together around a table, a homemaker fosters community and conversation, allows lives to be woven together – whether just the family or also others. The focus is not the food eaten, but the fellowship enjoyed.
As the place where living happens, the home will get messy.
Nothing is wrong when this happens. The goal is not a static clean, an effortless beauty, but a dynamic backdrop that promotes rather than hinders the action of life.
We make the home ready for action, again and again. That’s our role. Our role is not to arrive, to finish, to set into motion the perfect system which will run without effort.
Our job is to transform, and we get to fulfill, faithfully, our job each and every day – multiple times a day.
Home is where the people are. It is where they live and it is where they are knit together.
As makers of home, we create places where people are knit together. Sometimes that is our own family unit. Sometimes that is our church body. Sometimes that is someone who needs Jesus – our homes are places He can be found, outposts of the heavenly home and also of the corporate church home.
When we bring people together, when we bring people to Jesus, we are true and faithful homemakers.
Homemaking is a backdrop to life. When it’s done well, it fades to the background, allowing lives to shine through. Drawing no attention to itself, attracting no notice in its execution, homemaking is a humble task.
However, that makes it neither humiliating nor dishonorable.
Quite the opposite.
It’s strength and dignity is in its humility. It is loving service poured forth that other duties might happen, that other workers might be refreshed, that other
It is not less important for being unnoticed or invisible. It is the work of life itself. We bring forth life, we feed life, we clean up after life, we love and cherish and promote life. That is the job of the homemaker.
Let us not grow weary in doing it.