This is one of the items usually found on the conduct section of a report card. I know because I have not only issued hundreds of report cards, I also had this item checked on my own report card when I was in school. Meaning, of course, that I needed to make improvements in that area. (More often it was "controls talking" that got checked! :) Teachers are to report on whether or not the student makes good use of the time given them to complete assignments and what they choose to do with any spare time they might have. (Read a book: good. Talk to neighbor: not good.)
As a homemaker, a wife, a mom, and a homeschool "teacher", I have SO many opportunities to bless others! When I worked full-time, and even part-time for that matter, I did not have nearly the opportunities I have now. Any time that was not spent at work was used up before I even got started. There was laundry to do, housework, grocery shopping, bills to be paid, phone calls to be made, appointments to be squeezed in, homework, volunteer work for church, and oh yeah, my family. I fell into bed every night knowing I didn't finish and woke up every morning going over a "to do" list in my head.
I am still amazed at the amount of extra time I have during the day! I feel like we have been given so much freedom! I am available to do tasks my husband needs me to handle, take care of the housekeeping, teach my girls, spend time with my children during the day, and still do special projects that make our home nicer. Not that I get every single thing done every single day, but there is always time tomorrow.
It would be easy to listen to the world and say, "I need to take some time for myself." "My husband needs to understand that I am busy ALL day!" "I'm home all day with my kids, isn't that enough?" "I deserve_________..."
But God's Word has this to say:
24Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. (1 Corinthians 10:24)
How are we seeking the good of others? Sometimes I am just sure I am doing the things that bless my husband the most, when in reality he would much rather me concentrate on other things. I encourage you to ask the Lord what things you need to concentrate on. Of course, His Word already lines some of that out for us! As a wife, mother, and homemaker, I have awesome opportunity to bless my family as well as those outside of our house. I pray that the Lord would show me what things He would have me do each day.