Some time ago I came across the idea of creating a homemaking mission statement, and I was intrigued. I liked the idea because I am not an abstract thinker; I prefer concepts and ideas to be spelled out for me. I know I want to be a good homemaker, but sometimes I felt unmotivated, even though I knew there was a lot to do. Writing out exactly why I want to be a homemaker, and what I hope to accomplish by doing so helped me stay more focussed during times that I felt distracted or uninterested in housework. When I’d rather read a book than tidy the kitchen, I’d sort of chant my little mission statement under my breath until I was up and moving. I know it sounds silly, but it worked for me!
I highly recommend working on a homemaking mission statement of your own, because it is such a helpful way to refocus and prioritize. You can start by reading some passages of scripture (I’m using NASB translation):
- Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men…
- Genesis 2:18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”
- Ephesians 5:22-24 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.
- Proverbs 31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet
- Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
The verse in Colossians reminds us that our priority and focus should always be on God, even when we are tending the needs of our family. Genesis 2:18 is useful to consider because it says wives are to be helpers to their husbands, which I interpret to mean “make their lives a little easier”. Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus states that the husbands should be the head of the home, not the wife (I wrote a post sharing my thoughts on marital submission). The infamous passage in Proverbs 31 speaks to me because it shows that this woman is prepared for whatever comes her way. And the verse in Proverbs 17 reminds me that the way I act, and the mood I am in, affects my husband too.
Once you have read through those passages, I encourage you to dig deeper and see what else scripture says about homemaking, women’s roles, positive attitudes, hospitality, etc. Then consider how you want your home to feel; do you want a cheerful home, one that is always welcoming, a peaceful place to rest? And then think about your own attitude. I admit, when I am in a bad mood, my husband knows it, and his behaviour changes to reflect how I feel. I used to think I was really good at hiding my emotions, but obviously I am not, since David can pick up on my mood based on what I do, or don’t, say. If you have children, they are likely able to pick up on your anger, sullenness, anxiety, and more. Likewise, they can tell when you are calm, peaceful, and filled with joy!
Creating a homemaking mission statement did not take a lot of work, because I used the scriptures I found as a guide. In case you are curious about each part, I will break it down and explain why I included it in my statement.
I am blessed to be the keeper of my home.
This reminds me that not every woman who desires to be a homemaker is able to. God has called me to this role for a reason, and I am choosing to see that as a blessing.
I will joyfully and faithfully serve my family to the best of my abilities.
As I said before, this role is a blessing, and I must choose to see it that way. For example, instead of complaining about dishes to wash, I should be happy that God has provided us with food to eat on those dishes! I included the word faithfully because I want my family to be the second most important priority (behind God) in my life. But also because I desire to use scripture as my guidebook for life, including homemaking. I know I can’t do everything to keep a house running smoothly, but I am going to try my hardest!
My home will be one of peace, joy, and love that is welcoming to others.
The world is busy, hectic, stressful, and noisy. I want my home to be a place where we can relax and recharge, hence the choice of the word “peace”. But I don’t want to run such a tight ship that we never have fun (“joy”)! And my ultimate goal in life is to live for God, and lovingly point others to Him, which is why the word “love” is included. It encompasses love for each other, but also for our Heavenly Father. And finally, I want other people to feel like our home is a place they want to be, and are welcome to enjoy with us.
I hope that you consider making a homemaking mission statement, and if you do, that you prayerfully take time to write one that best describes how you want to manage your home.