I did this essay for a Theology class. Just wanted to share it.
It is a concrete belief in the Christian faith that humanity is created in the image of God. The NLT of the Holy Bible states, “But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8). So from that we get God is love. Genesis 1:27 explains, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them…” (NIV). We love because He loves, and loved us first. We are all very familiar with John 3:16 that explains how much He indeed loves us—so much that he sent His Son to die for our sins. There are a couple of ways I take these facts into consideration while tending to my day-to-day duties as a homemaker. Love is what drives me to do my job, and hang in there on the bad days. Love is what helps me to be patient when I don’t want to be, and speak kindly when I rather scream in anger. Love is also what helps me keep going when I feel I am depleted of all energy and will to continue. However, I am a sinner and in no way do I come even close to expressing God’s love through my daily life. I would be lying if I said I did. But, I do try, and aim to keep trying.
My vocation could be called a “household manager”, or a stay-at-home mom. I have two children, a three-year-old boy and a one-year-old girl. I am a military wife, and my husband is active-duty. That means most of the time I feel like a single mom. I am not saying this for sympathy, but just to explain there are long periods of time that my husband is away. Deployments, duty, training– these words mean it is just me and my kids with no “Dad” for a long while. My babies drive me nuts, but they are the loves of my life. I find it my duty, and have made it my duty since becoming pregnant with my son in 2012, to bring them up in a Christian household. Although I am obtaining my degree in Religion with an emphasis in Christian Counseling, I don’t imagine I will be going “back to work”, if you will, for quite some time. (At least until my children are of age to attend school). Thus, I will be discussing how God making humankind in his image affects my day-to-day at home. My first example is having patience. This is essential when you do things like clean the same floor in the same spot twelve times a day, because the same two toddlers are throwing food, throwing toys, and throwing up on it. And unfortunately, I am not exaggerating here. Ephesians 4:2 shows Paul imploring the Ephesians to “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” (NIV). Without love, I cannot be completely gentle and patient. It is because I am made in God’s image (of love) that I love Him enough to follow his ways, such as adhering to what the Bible says, and an example of that is practicing what Ephesians prescribes above. Reading this verse centers me. It humbles me. It makes me realize how miniscule the Froot Loops and chocolate milk stains are, and that what truly matters is what God sees and if my children can see God in me.
My second example of using God’s love in my vocation is knowing God is watching me and how I do my job. This knowledge keeps me from giving up. Colossians 3:23-25 NIV states, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance.” Times get hard in every type of industry, and I am sure most people have experienced the desire to quit their job at one point. I am one of those people. It is somewhat freeing although shameful in a way, to admit that. However, I run the house, I know I can’t quit. Knowing God is watching how I react to the piles of laundry, the exhaustion, and the poopy diapers…well, that keeps me from running for the hills. When I feel I have reached my boiling point, or if I am overwhelmed and filled with despair, Colossians 3:23 is a superb verse to be reminded of. I actually gave it to a family member to read earlier this week, and it is reassuring to need to use this again for myself and for this essay reference. Pleasing Him, my Lord, is my greatest desire. Having His love and acceptance is all I want. Sometimes it is hard for me to think that God truly loves me but Scripture does assure me he does, and how mighty His love truly is. There is a song that goes something like, “Do everything you do for the glory of the Lord who made you, cause he made you….” This also goes along with the aforementioned Colossians quote. It doesn’t matter if you are picking up trash, cleaning toilets, or filing paperwork for a living—you should do it for Him, not your boss or anyone else for that matter. I believe the daily trials and tribulations illuminate the fact He is watching us, testing us, shaping us, for the future to come.
In conclusion, God made us in his image. I believe this explains a lot modern science cannot about how intricate and complicated we are. Nor can science explain God’s love for us. But the Bible can, and does. And because the good Lord made us in his image, we are capable of loving. And because we are capable of loving, we are capable of doing our vocations happily, with positive attitudes, with humble hearts, with patience. 1 Corinthians 3:14 affirms that “Love is patient, love is kind” (NIV). If I want to be successful in my vocation and in my home, I need to look at the Bible for how to love my family and job the right way. At the same time Scripture gives me a peace of mind and heart that no book or therapist ever could. Amen.