Monday, March 1, 2010

The Elite Mission

an excerpt from Womanly Dominion: More than a Gentle and Quiet Spirit by Mark Chanski


from Chapter 7: Womanly Dominion and Motherly Greatness

Homemaking motherhood is no refuge for the inept woman who can't cut it in the real world. Rather, stay-at-home mothering is the ultimate profession for the elite of her gender.

Her skill set must be highly diversified. She's no mere babysitting caretaker. She realizes she's raising thoroughbreds for the kingdom, and so she studies and reads and prepares meals with the inspiration of a dietician and a nutritionist. Her health care duties summon her often to rise to the level of nurse and physician. Domestic engineer is a suitable title for her who exercises dominion over her household headquarters by subduing swarming details into workable order. she is an economist in keeping the budget, holding the purse strings as the accountant, and by acting as the purchasing agent for the family corporation, averting bankruptcy and maintaining solvency. She's a psychologist in analyzing the peculiarities of each temperament, tracing the development of each child, and bringing the apt word as a counselor in every situation. She's a personal trainer and disciplinarian as she cultivates obedience and self-control in her her natively wild herd. She's a teacher and professor in instructing her students in reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, history, science, and art. This is exceptionally and overwhelmingly true of a homeschooling mother. She's a pastor and theologian as she educates her children in the lofty themes of morality, spirituality, and eternity.

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I know that some jobs don't really count, don't make much of a difference, don't actually matter that much, don't have much lasting significance. Not so with mothering. I know that in some jobs the worker is only handling cleaning equipment, or car parts, or computer keyboards, or insurance policies, or court cases, or political legislation, or stockholders' funds. Not so with mothering. A mother is handling things of a far greater magnitude. She's handling never-dying souls. She's daily conducting heart surgery on eternal spirits whose forever destinies are influenced most profoundly by the hands that rock their cradles, wipe their noses, spank their fannies, open their Bibles, prepare their after-school snacks, and turn off their bedroom lights. Those motherly hands are molding characters which will become men and women who will turn the world upside down either for good or for evil. Now that's a job that counts.
I know that children whose mothers have an ostrich view of nurturing typically grow into the full height of adulthood. I know that children generally do survive being dropped off at day care all day long, spending multiple daily hours in front of the TV or the X-Box, surfing the internet endlessly without supervision, and living under the same roof as parents who are clueless about their teenage struggles. But I also know the difference between a water tower and a hot air balloon. Though both may be the same height, one was built with steel, and the other was not. One will bear great burdens, and the other will not. One stands firm in a storm, and the other does not.
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If anyone is curious about the "ostrich view of nurturing", the author is referring to the fact that ostriches lay their eggs and then leave them, assuming that the sun will keep them warm and they will somehow manage to stay safe from predators, rather then being like the mother robin who would give her very life to provide for and protect her eggs.

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