Friday, October 23, 2015

She Doesn't Like to Cook

This woman doesn't like to cook because she'd "rather be a rock star professional who gets promoted so my kids can show off their cool career mom at career day at school. I'd rather be the mom who can teach my children real-world leadership skills so I can help prepare them for their future professional lives. Concepts they just won't learn in school, at least not the way I would want or have experienced myself."

So she'd rather her children be able to show her off at school one day a year than be home cooking nourishing food for them and taking care of them full-time. Unfortunately, many women share this same sentiment and don't like to cook preferring a career over keeping a home and family. I hear many women confess that they don't like to cook, even if they are home full-time. Therefore, they don't cook. Their family rarely gets home-cooked food so they go out to eat all the time or eat packaged, processed food. I don't like to clean bathrooms. It is a job I've never enjoyed. Maybe, I should stop cleaning the bathrooms.

Many men don't enjoy their jobs; some even greatly dislike them. They are demanding jobs with difficult people. Should they quit and allow their families to go hungry? Just because you don't like to cook, doesn't mean you shouldn't cook. I clean the bathrooms since they need to be kept clean. Ken has worked hard for our family for 35 years and it hasn't been easy. 

Women are called to be keepers at home and part of being a keeper at home is cooking. This is an important job in your home. Your family's health depends on you fixing nutritious food for them. Yes, it takes a lot of time to shop for healthy food and prepare it from scratch but it's what wives and mothers should do whether they like it or not.

A young woman recently told me her mother didn't like to cook but she has always cooked for her family. She knew this is what she was supposed to do so for many years, she has cooked. It's called sacrificing our wants and desires for others. We are called to be living sacrifices regardless if we like it or not. As believers, our calling is to be obedient to the Lord in everything, not satisfy our longings.

When I was in junior and senior high school, we had classes called Home Economics. I learned how to sew in junior high and how to cook in my senior high class! These were required classes back then. Unfortunately, they aren't anymore and even most colleges don't have classes teaching these important skills to women. No wonder so many women have no interest in being a keeper at home. However, mothers should be the ones training their daughters! They are the ones raising them and this should be a priority; teaching them how to be keepers at home.

To say that you don't like to cook needs to be done away with. There are many things in life that we don't enjoy doing but God commands, Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men {Colossians 3:23}. This includes ALL areas of keeping a home;  She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness {Proverbs 31:27}. You may never enjoy cooking but just understand whatever you do to serve your husband and family, you are doing unto the Lord! If you choose to eat healthy and make your meals from scratch, it will take a lot of time but this time is well spent since the we are called to nourish the bodies and souls of our family.

Remember that whatever the Lord has called you to do, He has given you the strength to accomplish it since He's given us His Holy Spirit that works mightily within. 

She is like the merchants' ships; 
she bringeth her food from afar.
Proverbs 31:14