Kim posted recently at Out of the Ordinary about how understanding the concept of God-given vocation is a help to women in understanding and finding contentment in their callings. She specifically explains how it’s a help to housewives & mothers, and I believe the idea transfers equally to single women, widows, grandmothers, teachers, empty-nesters, and more. Here’s part of what she shared:
William Perkins, a Puritan, defines [vocation]: “a certain kind of life, ordained and imposed on man by God, for the common good.”…Vocation means we can work with contentment, knowing that God has given us a particular calling, specific to us. If we are not content, perhaps it is because we are not looking at our work as a calling. Rather, we are looking at it as a choice, and choices can always look better or worse than another choice. Lack of contentment can also be a sign that we are not working as an offering to God, but comparing what we do to others, or looking for recognition and accolades. Vocation provides a purpose for our work, and can free us from the tendency to comparison.
I’d add that if we are not content, it may indeed be because we’re not looking at our work as a calling and falling into one of the pitfalls she mentioned — and it may also be that we look at our work as a duty placed upon us that we did not willingly choose (or that we feel as if we chose while somewhat uninformed so we are surprised by the difficulties the choice brought) and we therefore resent. I know many women who feel that way. The solution is the same – we must correct our thinking and trust God with the path he’s laid for us.
If you have ever experienced discontent in your work – especially as a housewife or mother – I encourage you to click over and read the whole article. I hope it’s an encouragement!
click over to read the whole article: http://out-of-theordinary.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-vocation-helps-housewives.html