Thursday’s Thought – Edith Schaeffer on Homemaking

We are an environment for the other people with whom we live, the people with whom we work, the people with whom we communicate…
Our conversations, attitudes, behavior, response or lack of response, hardness or compassion, our love or selfishness, joy or dullness, our demonstrated trust and faith or our continual despondency, our concern for others or our self pity – all these things make a difference to the people who have to live in our “environment.” Enthusiasm and excitement infect other people…
But it is not just aspects of your character, personality, attitudes or spiritual state which will affect the lives of others working or living by your side. It is also your appearance and the way you care for the things in the bedroom, the bathroom, and the kitchen!
It makes an enormous difference if someone creates an environment for you to live in. One person sleeps half the day, gets up looking like a half-dead duck, drags around with eyelids scarcely open, slurping coffee and leaving a mess all over the newly polished sink, leaves the bed unmade and a week of clothing in a heap on the bed, heaves a sigh and moans about what a drag life is, then prepares to sit and philosophize while you work. What is the effect of this on you? Surely, you begin to feel tired, discouraged, irritated, frustrated, and hopeless. Your own energy begins to ebb away. You decide to put off the rush of getting your article written. After all, you might as well go out for a walk. And so one wasted, ugly life infects another….
Here in this life, a Christian should be an environment which is helpful to the people with whom he lives. This is not just a matter of dress and tidiness but also of character and spiritual life. It is worth considering what sort of an “art form” we are. What sort of an environment do we drag in with us? How do we affect other people in their attitudes toward that which we are supposed to represent?…
I am sure that there is no place in the world where your message would not be enhanced by your making the place (whether tiny or large, a hut or a palace) orderly, artistic, and beautiful with some form of creativity, some for of “art.” It goes without saying, too, that “The Environment” which is you

Edith Schaeffer, The Hidden Art of Homemaking

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2 Responses to Thursday’s Thought – Edith Schaeffer on Homemaking

  1. Mrs. Parunak says:

    Oh, that’s a fabulous quote! I didn’t get much sleep last night, and I stumbled out to the living room feeling SO TIRED, but now I’m feeling inspired to get this house in shape for Mr. Parunak, who’s coming home today from a business trip. Thanks for sharing it. It was just the right time!