Tuesday, November 1, 2011

What Kind of Queen Are You?

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

I've heard the saying about "Mother" being "Queen of Her Home." This sets in my mind an image of pampered luxury. I imagine her reverenced by all. I see her as being famous and much admired. I see her as living a life of ease.

 I think there is a serious danger in this mind-set. Because it can make us feel spoiled and ill-prepared for the reality of our work.

This is what it is like for Mothers:

1. Lack of sleep.
2. Cleaning up spills and carelessly-left messes.
3. Going without / always sacrificing.
4. Constantly fighting our own self-will so we properly care for our children (rather than always thinking about "me").
5. Forgiving every little slight and flaw to keep peace in the home.
6. Working despite pain. Working despite trials. Working despite danger.

When I think of a Queen, I imagine  Queen Elizabeth of England. She has tremendous concern for Britain. She is dignified, private, the essence of poise and manners, and unflinchingly dedicated to her role and duties.

I also think of Queen Esther in Scripture. She thought of her people. She did her job without asking for perks, pampering or luxury.

Personally, I cannot bear the thought of thinking of myself as "Queen" of my home, because I already have a tendency to be spoiled, seeking ease, and wanting to be waited on. I am nothing like Queen Elizabeth or Queen Esther, though I dearly wish I had an ounce of their characters. Instead, I have to think of myself as lowly, humble and "not much." Because truly, if I am not "The Servant" of this house, if I am not the lowly housewife who has to do common labor, how will I ever learn to be "the least among them."

Mrs. White

Matthew 23:11 "But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant."

Feeling like - The Kitchen Martyr.

Remembering my daughter as - The Breakfast Hostess.

Pretty things in - Aprons and Lace.

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Anonymous said...

You've made some good points in this post. You've definitely given me something to think about.

Chrissy88 said...

I think this is a really good point. For the same kind of reasons, my husband objects to little girls being called "princesses." While I know some people use this with good intentions referring to the idea of being God's princess, the world tends to view princesses as above others, entitled (not required to do any "menial" labor), beautiful (very focused on physical beauty), well-dressed (very focused on material possessions), and therefore often spoiled. While I don't totally ban any princess-type play, we don't promote it either. Just a thought that came up when I read this post and thought I'd share.

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