There is a famous quote from C.S. Lewis that says,
“The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career.”
I love this quote but I learned recently that the quote has been paraphrased from a different quote. The full text, which was in a letter he wrote, is just below.
“I think I can understand that feeling about a housewife’s work being like that of Sisyphus (who was the stone rolling gentleman). But it is surely, in reality, the most important work in the world. What do ships, railways, mines, cars, government etc exist for except that people may be fed, warmed, and safe in their own homes? As Dr Johnson said, ‘To be happy at home is the end of all human endeavor’. (1st to be happy, to prepare for being happy in our own real Home hereafter: 2nd, in the meantime, to be happy in our houses.) We wage war in order to have peace, we work in order to have leisure, we produce food in order to eat it. So your job is the one for which all others exist.” -C.S. Lewis
Shaping The Future
With early voting starting and the election news in full swing you almost cannot blink without encountering someone’s opinion on the state of our country and what does/does not work.
All of the many ideas out there bring me back to this C.S. Lewis quote again and again. “What do ships, railways, mines, cars, government, etc exist for except that people may be fed, warmed, and safe in their homes?”
I am reminded that HOME is the central point of life.
Home is love, safety, and comfort. Home is warm meals and joyous laughter. Home is also where our morals and values are built into us… where our beliefs (the ones that determine how we vote) are molded and formed.
Truly I am telling you that if you want to drastically impact change in the world you should go home, raise your children, love your family, and build a lasting legacy.
The Ultimate Career
What other career can create the kind of legacy that can change a nation?
The President of the United States in order to fulfill any of his campaign promises must first be elected. Senators, Governors, or Mayors who want to make a change must first be elected.
When we pour value, love, and purpose into our homemaking and child rearing we are imparting the backbone of beliefs that the future generation will use in determining how they vote.
We are raising, molding, and growing the next generations of voters.
We have the ability to influence these future elections with what we are doing in our homes.
Sometimes our work feels mundane, repetitive, or dull. “But it is surely, in reality, the most important work in the world.”
Homemakers… we truly have the ultimate career!