Diligent search is being made for a dedicated individual to care for the Royal Children. The predominant qualities that are sought are kindness, diligence, and high moral character. Loyalty to the Monarch, his decrees and desires, are paramount.
On-site training will be provided as needed.
Duties will include, but not be limited to:
- All basic care of the children, their health and well-being. This will include planning and preparation of regular, nutritious meals. It involves responsibility for the cleaning and maintenance of all clothing, as well as the living accommodations. Supervision and training in the areas of their personal hygiene are expected. You will be required to tend and care for them in sickness, and to do your utmost to ensure their overall health.
- All activities of the children, both recreational and educational. They will need regular exercise, both indoors and outdoors. They will also need activities that stimulate their imaginations and creative abilities.
Careful attention must be given to the education of the children, in core subjects, as well as the arts and sciences. Great diligence must be applied to training in the areas of deportment, manners, and propriety, as they will be expected to be good representatives of the kingdom.
You will also be responsible for their spiritual training. This is the most important part of their education, for a foundation of faith in God, coupled with a personal relationship with God, will provide the motivation, purpose, and principles for every aspect of their lives.
- All discipline and training. Correction and instruction must be done with kindness, firmness and consistency. It will be expected that you conduct yourself in a manner that will set a good example before the children, for it is certain that they will learn more from your deeds than from your words.
Each of these duties must be carried out with love and tenderness.
This position requires long-term commitment. It is a full-time post with a great deal of responsibility attached. Although there are daily benefits, and your needs will be met, the majority of pay will not be received until after the work is completed.
Serious applicants only need apply.
The news has been filled recently with the birth of a “royal baby”. I wonder how deep the stack of applications and resumes would be if the previous paragraphs were a real job posting? Wouldn’t it be considered an honor to be hired as a keeper of the King’s children? Can you imagine the prestige of being able to one day say that you were directly responsible for raising a “royal child”?
Christian mothers, we have this position already!
The King of Kings has entrusted little lives into our hands. It is easy to get overwhelmed by the “mundane” tasks that are involved in the care and keeping of the King’s children….wiping noses, changing diapers, potty training, laundry, making beds, sweeping floors, reading stories, meal planning, cooking, schooling, the list appears endless. It is often exhausting work, with seemingly little pay.
And yet, God has entrusted them to us. He does not see our tasks as meaningless or menial. Our work is valuable to Him. Does He not say, “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” Did He not command that the young women are to be taught to be “…discreet, chaste, keepers at home, to love their husbands, to love their children…”? Should we not apply ourselves as diligently and faithfully to the tasks God has given us as if we were working for an earthly king, or as if we were doing our job for some monetary reward?
It is true that few tangible rewards are given for raising children. In fact, motherhood requires giving and sacrifice; but God rewards faithfulness in time. God said of the woman in Proverbs 31, “…she shall rejoice in time to come.” As I attempt to mother my children in a way that honors the Lord, I am often discouraged, frustrated, and afraid that I am failing. However, I am reminded that I should “….not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Gal. 6:9)
Take heart, dear mother. Be faithful. Go about your duties with purpose, joy and honor, knowing for Whom you labor. Your work is worthy. It is of the utmost importance. View your tasks with the dignity and significance they truly possess.
And when you feel weary, or unworthy, even unqualified, go directly to the King. For “…my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”