"Therefore, I want younger widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach (2 Tim 5:14)."
Now, it's not like this verse was new to me, but this time I saw more clearly how marriage, mommy-hood, and managing a home (how's that for alliteration?) are part of God's design to help me live a godly life and improve my witness to others. Hold on though; what I think this verse is NOT saying is, "Cleanliness is next to godliness." That is, I don't think it means that the cleaner my house is, the more spiritual I am. I'll tell you why. Let's back up a verse.
"And at the same time they (younger widows) also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention (2 Tim 5:13)."
Marriage, mommy-hood, and managing a home are good things to keep me occupied so I don't become:
- idle (lazy)
- a gossip (tattler, babbler, foolish or silly talker) and/or
- a busybody (in other people's business while neglecting my own more important matters).
Having something constructive to do keeps me from being destructive--to my life, others' lives, and the very Word of God. I never really thought that housekeeping could be a blessing in my spiritual life. It's always seemed too mundane for that. I was mistaken. Keeping my focus on the nuturing-managing role God has designed for me will really keep me out of trouble, and will enable me to be more of a blessing in others' lives (by minding my own business, mostly). I'll also keep the enemy's Reproach Bazookas ammo-free. That's what I think this passage is all about.
Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some housekeeping to do. ; )