Written by William Pauwels and Bill Pauwels, Jr.
While saying my morning prayers this morning, I found myself wondering: What is the most important job in the world?
Some would say it’s the Presidency, some the Papacy, others the Prime Ministry, still others physician or social worker, etc.
However, after prayerfully thinking about it, I’ve concluded: the most important job in the world is that of HOMEMAKER. If every home in the world were guided by a competent, committed and effective homemaker, this world would be a peaceful and stellar place. Whether a man or a woman or, ideally, a partnership of both, homemakers make this world a better place. Yet you rarely hear a young person say they want to be a homemaker or a parent, educator, or pastor promoting that vocation.
Fortunately, I was blessed with a mother who was a great homemaker and a father who totally supported her vocation. And I married a girl who was committed to that same vocation. She has done an incredible job in making our home a special and effective place – raising six children – five boys and one girl – and inspiring them to be great homemakers in their own right. They have raised and blessed us with twenty-one grandchildren – in the Christian tradition!
Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not trying to putdown other vocations. Most are also important. But the pulpits always seem to extol saints, popes, bishops, priests, nuns, doctors, teachers, social workers, etc. – rarely homemakers (or family-makers). And Heaven only knows we need more Christian-oriented homemaking teams in our nation and in the world.
Society has put a negative stigma on traditional marriage, homemakers and values. Sadly, most are conned into believing it’s an old way, out of date, out of touch and a broken way to live in modern times. So wrong!! If Christ is kept at the center of a traditional anything it shall prosper.
That does not mean living with Christ at the center of one’s life, family, work or relationships will be pain free or problem free. It gives you a solid foundation on which to build a life that will help one stand firm when the storms of life come crashing in.
Sadly, people, families, relationships, organizations fail when they have conflicting core values and beliefs. If someone believes and stands for nothing in life, he’ll fall for anything. Traditional ways still work – and that includes appreciation for homemakers, especially for moms!