A thoughtful mother wrote the following poem about the battles she faced between being a “housewife” and being a mother:
Some houses try to hide the fact that children shelter there,
Ours boasts of it quite openly, the signs are everywhere.
For smears are on the windows
Little smudges on the doors.
I should apologize I guess for toys strewn on the floor.
But I sat down with the children
And we played and laughed and read.
And if the doorbell doesn’t shine,
Their eyes will shine instead.
For when at times I’m forced to choose
The one job or the other,
I want to be a housewife,
But first I’ll be a mother.
Whoever wrote that poem had her priorities straight. We can only attack so many problems in a day’s time, so we have to prioritize which ones to fight. A bulldog can whip a skunk, but it just isn’t worth it. Likewise, a housewife can battle to keep the house spotless but miss out on being a mom who redeems the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.