Proverbs 6 talks about the ant:
Go to the ant, thou suggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
The ants from the Jungle Jam story were indeed a work of fiction, because the Bible tells us that ants do their job--day in and day out, rain or shine--without anyone to tell them what to do. In the world, despite the anti-authority sentiment that is so popular today, everyone has to answer to someone. In high school, it is somewhat easy to be organized and get to class on time because there are consequences in the form of a bad report card or a disciplinary procedure from the teacher, if one does not do what he is supposed to do. In a place of employment, there is always someone higher to which to be accountable. Even if one is the president of the company, he must answer to a board of directors or something similar.
Being a housewife, stay-at-home mom, working mother or whatever other term you use to define yourself as the keeper of your home is very different. You have a job description, but it is not very clearly defined or spelled out for you. You don't have anyone stopping by to inspect your toilets to see if they are up to code (thank goodness!). You don't have an annual report to submit to an employer on the amount of laundry detergent used or the number of meals prepared. You don't even have an employer at all. You are totally on your own. The freedom this affords can seem to be a good thing, but if this attitude is taken too far it can only lead to laziness and frustration.
We hear a lot about "time management" these days. In trying to take seriously my job, which has "no guide, overseer or ruler", I have learned by sheer necessity that some structure has to be placed upon my days or I will accomplish nothing of value. Therein lies the key...what am I trying to accomplish? We'll talk more about that later this week.
What are some ways that you structure yourself and your home without an "overseer"?