Motherhood & Work: Cleaning House and Cleaning Hearts (Doug & Rachel)

* In this special mother-focused series, Alaina (Joshua's wife) will provide interaction with these videos from CanonWire and Rachel Jankovic *

While I feel both Doug and Rachel lost sight of the question – “How do you make the clean hearts of your children ‘the end.’ and a clean house ‘a means ‘to that end” posed at the beginning of the clip; they meandered in a direction perhaps even more relevant to my own life (the 15 month old doesn’t do much cleaning and I fear the one due to arrive in 28 days will be even less helpful!).

Keeping a clean house to develop a clean kiddo’s heart moved into the mother’s heart in attempting such a feat. Another true confession – clutter and untidiness act as agents of frustration to me. Nothing will dampen my mood more than a yard un-edged or a sink full of dirty dishes. Perhaps that is why I found myself squirming a bit when Rachel noted that children know when cooking, cleaning, or chores are important as events necessary to the survival and flourishing of one’s home, verses being important to a mom’s sense of identity and self-worth. 

It might not have been a practical how-to measure of developing a clean heart in one’s offspring, but this clip pulled no punches in discussing the cleanliness of the mother’s heart.

Joshua Torrey is the sole proprietor of Torrey Gazette (don't tell Alaina) and the fullness of its editorial process. That means everything wrong with TG can legitimately be blamed on him.