Friday, September 03, 2004

So Sad!

I enjoyed president Bush's acceptance speech at the republican National Convention and am proud that he is my Commander in Chief. However one thing he said last night filled me with sorrow. He said that 2/3 of all mothers work outside the home, and he said it as if it were a matter of pride.

The sad fact of the matter is, we have dropped the ball. We have allowed the world to tell us that women must work outside the home to find themselves. God gave parents (especially moms) the privilege to raise and teach their children. Instead, we are losing our families. Best case scenario--mothers are missing out on some of the most important milestones in their lives. (first words, first steps, etc) Don't let this happen to you!

2 comments:

Your Brother said...

Andrew,

It's sad to say that many mothers no longer view their children as thier most precious treasure. To many mothers their treasures have become their cars, homes, and careers. Their children fall into their list of priorities somewhere after that. It's a shame that they cannot see that all these things will someday pass away, but the souls of their children are eternal...

Jim Shaw said...

I understand where you are coming from, Andrew, but I also know from experience the beneficial power of work. Work has given me a sense of accomplishment and gives me a sense fo fulfillment when I come home from the end of the day. I agree that the relationship of a mother and her children is a cornerstone of a Faithful family, but I can also attest to my OWN experience of having a working mother. My mother's additional income helped to provide for a better life (and, if I do believe, it was her health insurance that covered many necessities as wheelchairs, major surgeries, and countless appointments).

Too often I see the "domestic professional" (or whatever term is politically correct for "housewife") construct used as a crutch. I've known several women who have spent thousands upon thousands of dollars to obtain a SPECIALISED degree (don't get me wrong...I DO believe that an education in itself is important) to only turn around and stay at home.

I think that there needs to be an equilibrium in all things. As scripture says, "the two shall become one." And yes, I know that there are passages about the man taking the lead role, but I personally feel that that is up to personal, reflective, and prayerful reflection.

Just my thoughts...don't shoot me on the soapbox. :)