Of course, Sarah doesn't mean just any "life purpose". She is definitely not referring to seeking after a career. Our culture, driven by the modern feminist movement, is pressuring us as girls to be successful in the world's eyes, get graduate degrees, be independent, move up in the business world, have small families, and do men's work. This standard of success that the world pushes does not compare to the calling God has for our lives as wives and mothers. God made us to be helpers to our husbands and to bear and train little ones for the kingdom of God. This is far more important and fulfilling than any career could ever be.
You know, I can see the point of the above and can understand somebody coming to want that. If that, in the end, is what you chose and believe it, I imagine it would be unbelievably fulfilling. The big point, as always, is Michelle Duggar chose. The children are not given the choices. Inevitably, though, I can't see how the whole big world could be kept from someone's knowledge. Even if the parents don't like it, won't the kids just find out about different opportunities anyway and then make a choice? As some have pointed out, the exposure that they get from the show is probably bringing them experiences and situations they might not otherwise have. Perhaps the parents have said "this is our point of view, what we believe. We would like the children to follow in our footsteps. However, if they don't we will still love and support them." If so, then I have no beef with them. And of course, I don't mean if the kids go off and do awful things...just a more secular lifestyle. Perhaps this has been their thinking all along. Does anybody know?
Also, I believe Jessa (I hope I've got the right one, the one who murmured "good morning") is the likely first to break free. Her look tells me "get over yourselves" and, come on, even in Fundyville she has to know she is beautiful.
First boy should be named Mordechai! That would ROCK! btw, I think Mary is also a beautiful name, simple, feminine, classic.
Edited by Tybee, Jul 7, 2009 @ 1:55 PM.