This is a guest post by Emma Roth. Scroll to the end of the post to meet Emma.
As we study what makes a woman after God’s own heart, we often think about being in the Word, praying, and living out a pure life. Serving our families is very important in the Bible and so it should be in our lives as well. When looking back on your home life, how well can you honestly say that you have served your family? I do not know about you, but I have really let this subject slide in my own life. I will admit, I am not where I would like to be. I’m far behind, but the future is open for us. We can either stay in the same rut or choose to change.
1 Timothy 5:8 says, “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
If even the unbelievers care for their own, how much more should we as followers of God stand by our families? If action and works are an outflow of an authentic relationship with God, then you will take care of your family as well.
Titus 2:3-5 says (NKJV), “the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things- that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed."
Here are six ways to serve your family while living at home!
1. Simply ask your mom or dad what you can do to help. Are you fresh out of ideas? Well, no worries here. I can guarantee that your mom or dad, upon being asked, will have something for you to do. This will allow you to be a servant without being asked. Taking initiative is important! Taking initiative will not only strengthen your relationship with your parents, but it will cultivate a servant's heart.
2. Do something that often gets neglected around your home. Okay, I know this sounds kind of odd, but this can be as easy as cleaning the tops of ceiling fans or washing the insides of trash cans. The little things will either be super helpful to your mom because she can never seem to get to them, or they will be a task that goes unnoticed. Doing something without recognition will build your character in more ways than one. It will cause you to grow in humility as well as simple Christ likeness.
3. Do an everyday chore early and without any complaining. This could be dishes, taking the trash out, or vacuuming the house. The point here is to be useful and serve your family. Allow God to work through you in something, even if it seems tedious.
4. Volunteer to cook a meal for your mother. Yep, I really said it. Now, for some of you, this may be easy and you love it. Then there is me... I can barely cook (haha!) and that is another reason to volunteer, so that you can learn! Whether you have a small or large family, this will be a helpful way to serve your ENTIRE family.
5. Serve your family by being diligent in your Bible reading. Okay, I know i said earlier that when we think of being a woman after God's own heart, this is one of the things that comes to mind, but, in all honesty, reading your Bible helps you serve your family. By reading your Bible, you will be more in tune with God, making serving others more enjoyable and an easier responsibility to bear. John 14:15 says, "If you love Me, keep My commandments.
6. Serve kind words. Be an encouragement to your family by talking sweetly and gently. Encourage them with Scripture and compliments. This can be as simple as a note, tight hug, or day spent together. Proverbs 17:22 says, "A cheerful heart is good medicine." Remember to be cheerful and kind while serving your family. If you are doing this while being super grumpy, then the impact is gone and the time was virtually wasted.
When you choose to serve your family on a daily basis, you choose to serve God as well. Remember that living a God honoring life is not necessarily comfortable. You have to get outside of your comfort zone and do hard things for the glory of God. You never know who is watching you. Never forget that sometimes the smallest things have the most impact.
Recently, I heard a quote from Confucius in my philosophy class, “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change."
Now get out there girls and be a God girl!