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She Works for Us

A father related the following story. "When my daughter was about four years old, she had a hard time grasping the concept of marriage. To help her out, I got out our wedding album, thinking visual images would help, and explained the entire service to her. Once finished, I asked if she had questions, and she replied, 'Oh, I see. Is that when Mommy came to work for us?' " Every mom who is really a mom is a working mom! To quote God's own stirring tribute to godly womanhood/motherhood in Proverbs 3 1, she "willingly works" for her family (verse 13). In the words of columnist Tim Chavez, "All mothers are ultimately 'working mothers,' whether they are officially employed or not" (The Tennessean, Tuesday May 6, 2003, p.11A,  "For Some Moms, There's no Place Like Home"). These days many mothers are full-time working moms (some through necessity and some by choice) who work forty plus hours per week outside the home: in offices, in factories, in the military, in the classroom. They drive trucks, operate machines, fly airplanes, manage corporations, run businesses, and hold public office.  When these moms come home, they still have a job to do. Other mothers are "stay at home moms." Although not gainfully employed outside the home, these mothers are like the fanner who said, "I don't have to go to work each day. When I get up, I am surrounded by it." Whether her work takes her outside the home or keeps her at home, a devoted mother works for those she loves.

A mother's Job is difficult to completely describe. She is a master at multi-tasking! Her roles include purchasing agent (food, furniture, clothing), seamstress, dietician, chef and chauffeur. Sometimes she is a nurse and at others a counselor and then a disciplinarian and yet again a conflict-resolution specialist. On some occasions she must be as soft as a rose petal and as sweet as sugar and at other times she needs to be as hard and unbending as a piece of flint. She must perform tasks that range from making beds to bandaging heads! She is a floor scrubber, clothes-washer, window-cleaner, runny-nose-wiper! She is a molder of young minds and morals. She knows how to bake a cookie, bandage a cut, and heal a broken heart. The Bible sums up her powerful position and multiple roles in the home by saying she is a "homemaker" (Titus 2:5), and that she is to manage the house" (I Timothy 5:14). Some homes manage without a mother, but not nearly as well. Someone observed that if motherhood was going to be easy, it never would have started with something called labor. Let us thank God and her that she works for us.

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ