Monday, February 2, 2009
Gathering at the Well.... thoughts on Titus 2
The Monday discussion At the Well today is to share our thoughts on Titus 2:2-5. How we see it playing out in our own life, our areas of strengths and weaknesses, and any goals we may have in relation to this scripture.
This is interesting timing for me, because lately I have come to believe more than ever that everything we are taught and asked to do in the Bible is to teach us more about God, our relationship with Him, and/or our eternity with him.
So while I take the instructions in Titus 2 literally, I also want to use the lessons in them to learn more about my Heavenly Father and my relationship with him.
The past two years have taught me the practicality of this mindset as well. Because of health issues with our youngest, life has often been interrupted for days or weeks at a time, and always with very little or no advanced warning.
When my greatest desire is to be at home, well.... keeping my home, and loving on my children, and living a quiet little life, and then that quiet little life gets interrupted, then I am frustrated.
When I focus too much on home-making and home-schooling and I don't accomplish all I think I need too, then I am frustrated.
But when my greatest desire is to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, and mind, and to keep his commandments (Matthew 22:35-37, and Ecclesiastes 12:13), that can be done anywhere. In any circumstances.
Don't get me wrong - I am not discounting the instructions given to women in Titus 2. In fact, being the best wife, mother, and homemaker I can be is one of my deepest desires. But what I am learning is to not hold myself to certain physical standards, and instead keep an eternal perspective. To see what my relationships with my husband and children can teach me about my Heavenly Father and his love for me, and my love for him.
That is my goal.
That and cleaner floors, of course. ;)
Be sure to visit At the Well for thoughts and encouragement!