Iron which lies idle is consumed by rust, and becomes brittle and useless. But if it is used for work it is much more useful and attractive. It is in no way inferior to silver itself. The field that lies fallow produces no healthy crop, but only weeds, thistles, thorns and useless plants. The cultivated acres are filled with ripe fruits. In short, every being is diminished by idleness, and is improved by the exercise of the activity proper to it. This is just as true for the housewife and mother who must spend many hours looking after her home and bringing up her children, as it is for the man who is self-employed, or for the student, or for the head of the firm or the worker in the last place on the production line.God wants from us human work that is well done. this means our working hard, with order, skill, competence and a striving for perfection; it means a completed job with no rough edges, no flaws or blemishes. It means serious work and an end-product that not only looks good, but is good. It doesn't matter whether it is manual work or intellectual work, whether we are the ones who plan the work or the ones who carry it out, whether our efforts are being supervised or not. The Christian brings something new to his work. Apart from the features we mentioned, he does it for God. He presents it to him as a daily offering which will have eternal value.
Wow. Yeah. This was humbling for me. A lot of my work has rough edges. Then again, I do think that the demands of mothering requires a flexibility that sometimes requires an acceptance of less than perfect work. Although the greatest work that a mother does has nothing to do with the tidiness of the home or the cleanliness of the bathroom. Right?