As a homemaker and as a woman, I can sometimes get into the mindset of, "is what I do at home really worth anything? Who sees what I do?" I'm guessing that at one time or another we've all felt this way, be you a homemaker, a business woman or just a woman! Questions may arise such as, "does anyone see the trouble I go through to do..." or "what would happen if I stopped doing it altogether? Would anything really change?" I'm guessing so, but does that make us feel any better? I'm guessing not.
I love the quote in the movie "Shall We Dance" spoken by Susan Sarandon. She says, "We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet... I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things... all of it, all of the time, every day. You're saying 'Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness'." I love it and it certainly is a romantic idea, but let's face it- whether you're married to a wonderful guy (& I am!), dating a great guy, or live in close relationship with your family or friends...nobody will notice everything about you. It's not possible! And isn't that what we all want? To be noticed, loved, appreciated, praised & known? I have a sneaky suspicion I'm right. But hey, there's hope!
I read a fantastic excerpt from a book of mine called "His Victorious Indwelling" that seems to shed just the right amount of light on this subject. It says:
"Amid the pressures of daily life, trust the Holy Spirit, who is emphatically the Divine Remembrancer, to bring all things to your remembrance, and to recall you to the consciousness of God. There is no duty in life, however trivial and commonplace, that may not be dignified by being rendered to God, as our bounden duty and service. This is indeed the secret of lifting all life to a noble and happy elevation. To do all for the Lord Jesus; to see Him standing behind every human relationship; to do the meanest and most irksome things because He takes them as service rendered to Himself, for which He will give a reward- this is Christian life, this makes the presence of God real, this dignifies the sweeping of a room...Equally in our hours of recreation we may set the Lord always before us. Remember that it is said of the elders of Israel that they saw Jehovah, and there was under his feet as it were the paved work of a sapphire stone (Ex. 24:9-11); they beheld God, and did eat and drink. How many eat and drink without beholding God! How many whose consciences were uneasy might behold God without daring to eat and drink! Happiest are they who are so at rest in Him that they do not hesitate to perform the natural functions of life with perfect ease, though all the while they recognize that He is nearer than hands of feet, nearer than breathing! The sense of God's presence would check immodesty, levity, self-indulgence, excess in eating or drinking, whilst it would give a new zest to all that was natural and innocent." - F.B. Meyer
So carry on with your work and pleasure- you are not alone! You are known, and incredibly worth it!