The House of Blessings
What blessings would come from our home if it were always clean? What blessings would come to our family if our home were always clean? How many opportunities would present themselves when we have a clean home and clean clothes and always ready at a moment’s notice for any event?
Rules: 1. Always have a clean home; 2. Always be clean and ready to walk out the door at any time. 3. Always have food near ready for company at any time.
If this is what you want, then, you will make it happen.
I got the idea of writing this encouragement to myself from reading the beginning of the book that Hobby Lobby’s CEO, founder David Green wrote, “More Than a Hobby”. He learned as a teenager how to run a store. He had a good teacher. His boss at a local ten cent store taught him by word and by example. One thing that caught my attention was his boss’s attention to cleanliness and making attractive displays. I thought how this is just like how a good home should be run.
Think of managing the home as a man manages his family owned business. To get people in, to get goods out (blessings in, blessings out of the home), the business must be clean and orderly. It must always be so.
Of course, it must also be cheerful. No one wants a mother who fusses continually about things being left around, or complaining about all the work there is on her shoulders. No one wants a store manager to behave so either. Smiles and friendliness from both types of managers stir up happiness, and happiness is a blessing.
The part in the verse above about always having food near ready – as in the freezer – is what I think about having special sales. A good manager is up for the challenge of being ready to have more people in the store. They’re anticipating it. They know sales will eventually happen. We know that eventually, someone will come at supper time and we’ll need a little extra.
“If this is what you want, then you will make it happen” is an idea that I heard on a youtube film encouraging busy families to have the evening meal at home with everyone in the family present. The above “rules” is what I want. It will be hard to make happen, but they are worthy goals because they ultimately glorify God, which is what life is all about. Go read Isaiah 43:7 “Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”
Paul admonishes the young widows to remarry, have children and to “manage” the house.
1 Timothy 5:14 – “Therefore I desire that the younger widows marry, bear children, manage the house, give no opportunity to the adversary to speak reproachfully.”
So, let’s consider the job of house keeping equal to managing a store. To have a successful business, things must be managed well. If we want to have a house that gives and in so doing, receives blessings, then it must be managed well.
God does not give us tasks we cannot handle. If we want to obey, then He will see to it that we will be able to do it.
Sharon with Mary and Martha