This is a continuation of I Can’t Be a “Keeper At Home” Because ….
2. My Husband Doesn’t Make Enough Money
This is a very common reason for mothers to work. Many mothers would say that they would be glad to stay home with their children if their husband made more money with his job.
How much money is enough?
Does anyone ever make enough money?
Even the very rich work hard at making more money, so at what point will you have made enough?
See my point? If a family of four makes 20,000 a year, then they might think 30,000 would be enough. Yet a family of four making 30,000 might think 40,000 a year would be enough.
Merriam-Webster’s defines enough “as occurring in such quantity, quality, or scope as to fully meet demands, needs, or expectations.”
None of us ever get all our needs and expectations met. Even if we were content for a while in a small two bedroom house eventually society and advertising will take away our contentment.
While many people can quote the phrase that “money is the root of all evil.” Very few can remember that the beginning of that passage is talking about being content with food and clothing.
1 Timothy 6:6-10
6 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment,
7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.
8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. ESV
The number of verses concerning money are tremendous in the Bible. Just search for them yourself using a Bible program.
10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.
11 When goods increase, they increase who eat them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes? ESV
Surely most people realize that the more income you have the more everyone and everything take it away. The government will penalize you for making too much money. The more valuable your house and cars the more taxes and insurance you must pay. It becomes a vicious cycle. Making more money to have to pay more money.
Have you cut out expenses as much as possible?
Do items like cable TV, magazine subscriptions, Starbucks coffee, and new clothes eat up your husband’s income such that you “have” to work?
Does having a nice home, with each child in their own bedroom, eat more than its fair share of your husband’s income? Maybe a smaller less expensive house would allow you to spend more time with the children.
Luke 12:15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” ESV