“teach the young women to… love their husbands, to love their children…” (Titus 3:4; KJV)
Aaahhhh…. I said goodbye to my dear husband and closed the front door. The girls were all at youth group. Hubby had a rehearsal. I had the house to myself for an hour and a half. Ninety minutes of quiet bliss! What would I do with myself?
Suddenly, the familiar tune of my cell phone began playing. I studied the caller i.d. It was my younger sister, calling from her home on the other side of the country. She always seems to call at the funniest times! The interruption changed my plans for the evening. I would now be called upon to be in counseling mode….
There was a time when I didn’t feel that I served the Lord that much. I had my home, and my family, but not a major ministry at church or anywhere else. It’s easy to compare myself with women I think are doing more than me, are more successful–doing it all. Speaking, teaching, writing books, AND raising a family. Or even just supervising the church nursery. What do people at church think of all the time I spend at home?
Then it hit me, this verse from Titus. Let the aged women “teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” (KJV) Here was a ministry right from my own home! Being there for my younger sister…being the “aged woman” in her life. Gently guiding her in the right direction regarding marriage, children, housework…not that she always needed help in all those areas, but I was her example and one she could go to for advice when things got difficult. I had “been there, done that.” I welcome calls from this precious sister and enjoy the ministry God has called me to. Can she call that woman who is speaking at Christian conferences all over the country? No, but she can call me. Sometimes, it’s not the big-time, all-encompassing work that needs to be done, but the work of God through the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. By listening to that voice, and making sure it lines up with His Word, we have our ministry, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem in comparison with others.
By the way, I also have three of my own “younger women” at home to train. So I guess I’ll be heading up this ministry for awhile, and loving every minute of it.
Wife and homeschooling mother of three, Kim enjoys reading, writing, and watching old movies. A self-proclaimed chocoholic, she also loves to cook and bake. You can find more of her musings (and recipes) at thedaisymuse.com.