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It has become commonplace for women of the world to go back to work when their children are of school age. Even more tragic is the spectacle of toddlers being "dumped" at day nurseries, so that the family income can be swollen to provide for sophisticated and often unnecessary commodities. It is sad to note that this practice is creeping into the ecclesia of God. The proper place for mothers is in the home. There they can best serve their families and care for their children. Children who return from school to an empty home can hardly be blamed for mischief and waywardness.
Motherhood and family care and guidance are the divinely appointed roles for women. These are most honourable vocations, despite the perverted values of the world. If we shun such wise appointments we will surely suffer in one way or another.
Read carefully these sound words:
"Bid the older women likewise to be reverent in behaviour they are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be sensible, chaste, DOMESTIC (A.V. "keepers at home"), kind, and submissive to their husbands, that the word of God may not be discredited" (Titus 2:3-5 R.S.V.).
Some mothers with small families may feel that with modern facilities and good organisation, they have time on their hands which could best be spent in outside employment. They may feel a lack of challenge and achievement in staying at home. But there are many challenging and valuable activities which can be undertaken in the service of Christ, such as visiting the sick and aged, sewing for the needy, attending to the children's spiritual education, studying the Scriptures, reading the Truth's literature, and providing hospitality.
If a sister abounds in these labours, her time will be fully occupied and rewarding. Moreover she shall "lay up in store for herself a good foundation against the time to come".
One further case may require comment. Young married couples are today faced with harsh realities in the purchasing of their home. It may well be reasoned that their special circumstances require them both to work, prior to beginning their family, in order to meet the high repayments on their home loan. Nevertheless, when necessities have been met, it is not good to see wives continue working merely to provide for further comforts in the house. Let us encourage our young couples to comply, as much as they are able, with the Divine ideal established in the above quotation of the Apostle Paul. Those not in their special circumstances can help by setting the correct example.