So much in a title.
Titles can identify us. Not a bad thing. But, do they identify who we are?
No. I say not.
Christ does that.
But, in our culture titles mean a lot. The title of homemaker means many different things to many different people. It’s on any application you fill out. Health insurance, life insurance, loan applications, irs forms…you name it. They want a title.
Some people even get quite outspoken about it. “I’m a domestic diva, goddess…etc. Never a homemaker.” (You’d think it sounds homely or something….hee, hee. Sorry, I have four children, I get little sleep.)
Then there is that image that comes to mind of big fluffy robes, unkempt pony tails, and bunny slippers smelling of last nights tater tots and fish sticks….I’m just sayin’–we’ve all seen that image in one place or another (maybe on tv, maybe in the mirror…..). Is that why we shy away from that term? Label? Title? For fear of being associated with unproductive, lazy-ish, bon-bon eater, soap opera watcher?
I suggest a reclaiming. A reformation! (I know I’m being terribly dramatic….maybe I’ll edit this out, maybe not.)
Home. Maker. Not as easy as it sounds.
There is an art to making a heap of two by fours, drywall and asphalt shingles into a home. It takes real work. Inspiration and creativity.
Believe it or not, I have entertained the thought of quitting this blog more than once in the past year. With thoughts of, “This is a silly waste of time. This stuff has no eternal significance…and on and on.” And while there may be a great deal of truth to that if I let it be that, this blog means something different to me, my family and I hope you….
Darlene completely hits the nail on the head with this….
Our homes: used to build up workers, servers, friends, and families. Our homes that can serve if used toward that aim. Our homes CAN serve if we don’t hold on too tightly. If we keep our homes in perspective. If our homes work for us and for God…. not the other way around: us, striving and serving and working for our homes.
Her Design Manifesto, and maybe now yours?
I love things that create and help maintain perspective. Biblical perspective. I feel like this, the Design Manifesto, is a true find. One to keep in front of us. So, we'll do just that. When you see this...
You'll know, it's a reminder to me and to you to keep all things in perspective.
To keep Christ first in each and every thing.
And, to bring Him glory in everything.
I leave you with the lyrics to a song by Steven Curtis Chapman...
Do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
Cause He made you
to do every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace
With every move that you make
And every little thing you do .....