Something else I am currently considering is the honor and praise given to Mrs. 31 as a contributor to the family means, i.e. budget. Last year, I took a part time job as a preschool teacher, and for the first couple of months, I felt like I was in sin – literally. I was embarrassed. I was ashamed to be working outside the home. I felt I had betrayed Ben by trying to earn money, because wouldn’t it be more godly to put all my energy towards furthering HIS career and helping HIM make more money? (I never said this out loud of course. It was more a gut level thing…)
Please keep reading friends. The obvious often escapes me.
Mrs. 31 seems to think that supporting her family by using her gifts to earn money is an extension of her ministry to her family. WHAT?? It also seems the Lord is proud of her accomplishments and resourcefulness. WHAT??
Maybe Mrs. 31 didn’t wake up one day and find she suddenly understood the ins and outs of considering a field and buying it. I bet she had to learn. I bet she had to try her hand at it a few times. Maybe she started out considering cows, and then realized she wasn’t that good at that. I bet she might have gone to some sort of developmental seminar that required Mr. 31 to take care of Lil’ 31 and Baby 31 so she could learn how to be a very profitable field consider-er.
All that to say, I think I have the freedom to develop my gifting in order to earn money for my family, should a season arise where it is appropriate for our family. DUH. (I know. Sorry.)
All that to also say, I’m going to sign up for a counseling seminar in November which is hugely inconvenient for my Mr. 31 and our Lil’ Miss 31, Lil Boy 31, and Baby 31, but counseling may one day be one of the ways I contribute to our family income, and in the meantime will just be great for our ministry at NIU. Win – Win.