I had a doctor's appointment yesterday. It was my first visit, so I went into a little side office at first and got all registered, like you would at a hospital. Ms. Registrar asked me a series of questions, mostly verifying what I had already written on my new patient paperwork. A few minutes in she asked, "what do you do?" I said, "I'm a homemaker." I was instantly convicted and answered the rest of her questions with many thoughts in my mind.
What does it really mean to be a homemaker? Here are some definitions I like:
home: An environment offering security and happiness. A valued place regarded as a refuge or place of origin. The place where something is discovered, founded, developed, or promoted; a source. To the center or heart of something. To be guided to a target automatically. To move or lead toward a goal.
make: To bring into existence by shaping or changing material, combining parts, etc. To produce; cause to exist or happen; bring about. To put in the proper condition or state, as for use; fix; prepare.
It's no surprise that a good homemaker shapes a place where things are discovered; that she puts her home into the proper condition for security and happiness. It's not a big revelation that a homemaker produces an environment where her husband and children move toward their goals.
I just needed a reminder.