Thursday, April 7, 2011
30 days of work in the home --Day IV Tips for Wise Work
Tips for Wise Work:
1) Know what your strengths and weaknesses are. Where do your talents lie? What season of life are you in? How much time do you have to devote to certain pursuits. Some home keepers take on more activities than they can fulfill during their particular stage of life or given their true interests. It is not necessary to grind your own wheat or to have a large, organic garden, or to sew all of your family's clothing in order to manage your household well, though, if you want to and can do these things, it is fine. Focus on the areas of home keeping that your husband and you decide is best for your family. Take into account your talents, time, state of health, interests, and other factors. Know that you can change your focus as your family's needs, your interests, and your available time changes.
2) By experimenting with a new area of housekeeping for a time, you may uncover and develop skills that you didn't know you had. Don't try every new area of home keeping at once, though.
3) If you are considering operating a home business, take some time to plan before starting. In the example of the Proverbs 31 woman, her business transactions were the natural outgrowth of her work in the home. What do you do in the home that could be turned into a profitable home business? What are your passions? What is your training and education? What areas of home management or other experiences in life have given you a particular expertise? Is there a market for what you want to do? If there isn't a ready-made market, is it possible to create one. (Think about this soberly, not with wishful thinking.) Who would be your typical customer? Will family members help? Can you hire help? Or, will you be doing this entirely by yourself? Plan a home business strategy as carefully as someone would plan any business.
What God says about work
1) Work without grumbling and complaining: Philippians 2:14-15 says, "Do all things without murmurings and disputings, that you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among who ye shine as lights in the world."
Our society is saturated with grumbling and complaining, especially about work. If you do your work without grumbling or complaining about it, you will stand out in a way that brings glory to God. In this, we need to watch our hearts and our words, because it's so easy to get sucked into a mode of complaining. We can complain silently, by brooding on how hard our work is, or we can complain verbally, by chiming in when others complain. If we approach our work with a martyred attitude, we can make our families and others feel that they are a burden to us. If we approach it joyfully, knowing that even the parts of our work that we don't especially enjoy are valuable, we will make others feel loved. We will also more likely draw them to Christ.
2) Not complaining about work means not complaining about the people connected to our work. Don't complain to others about your husband, children, parents-in-law, hired helpers, co-workers, boss, etc. Pray about your relationships. Deal with disputes in a godly way by first talking only to the person involved. Seek help to resolve conflicts, if needed, but do this discreetly and without complaining about the other person.
3) Work with a view in mind of a life well spent. In I Timothy 5:10, we find this description of widows who have served the Lord well..."has a reputation for good works and has reared children, has practiced hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has relieved the afflicted, and has been devoted to all kinds of good works." If you find yourself edging toward being older and wish that you had spent your life on different purposes, don't give up. It's never too late to invest in doing good.
Happy Home Keeping!