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Comfort for Stay-at-Home Mothers

alec vanderboom

2 Thessalonians 3:10b-13

"Anyone unwilling to work should not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such person we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right."

(also from the Daily Office)

I used to go through periods of incredible guilt for not earning cash while in my 30s. I mentally called it "not earning my keep." This passage from St. Paul was healing for me: "anyone unwilling to work should not eat." What I took from this--is probably different than how the world views these lines. I feel this is a promise. "When I'm busy doing the Lord's work, I have a right to my Daily Bread." When I'm following the Lord's direction in my life, even if the labor is unpaid and unappreciated by the world, I have a right to eat. He will feed me. I can calmly take money out of my "husband's paycheck"* to buy $2 Sauve Hair Mousse and pay off my student loan.

Oh, and this passage is a great reminder: "be busy! Don't be a busybody!"

*I know now that there is only "our money"in a marriage, not "his" paycheck and "her" paycheck--but that was a secular habit that died hard in my Catholic mind.