The start of another new year reminds me how fleeting time is. How is it that another year has passed in the blink of an eye?
One of the things I am so aware of as I watch my family grow and change from year to year is my need to be faithfully committed to my purpose as the keeper of my home.
It isn’t enough to let days slip by in a blur of chaos and busyness and just hope things turn out for the best. Time with my family is too precious for that. I need to embrace each opportunity to intentionally build my home from the inside out. This is the season of life where my family needs my presence and attention.
As the new year begins, I ask myself, "Am I fully embracing the life God has called me to live, or am I too easily distracted by less important things?"
I really want our home to be a respite from the outside world, a place where we feel at peace. I like to set up comfy corners to sit in for quiet time, inviting rooms to dine together and welcoming places to play games as a family. I want to have a welcoming home to invite guests. Creating a home to be a blessing to others is something I love to do.
Yet designing that environment and stating my intent of how I want to use my home isn’t enough. I feel God has called me to live a life at home that is more than a mirage. Living authentically for me is creating a life of purpose and living out what I believe.
If I don’t commit myself to having the right attitudes at home, to actual use our home to play games with my children or sit down around our table for family dinners or open my doors to welcome guests, my good intentions will be forgotten in the chaos of lesser things. I will miss the opportunities I say I hold the most dear.
As the calendar turns once again, I need to ask myself what I am seeing through the windows of my home.
Do I find evidence of my commitment to living an authentic life?
Am I wholeheartedly pursuing the calling that God has placed on my life as the keeper of my home?
What changes do I need to make in my schedule, attitude or priorities to make sure I am focused on what really matters to me?
I'll never be the perfect homemaker, that is for sure, but fortunately that is not what living with purpose and authenticity is all about.
Time will still fly by and obligations in and outside the home may grow, but living authentically day by day is one of the greatest challenges and privileges I have in life. It isn't easy to keep my priorities in order. Yet, I’m humbled by all God has entrusted to me. It is an honor and a blessing to be a homemaker.
What new commitments are you making this year to keep your priorities right at home?
adapted from The Inspired Room