If you've read Luther's Table of Duties in the Small Catechism, you may be familiar with these words. "Let each his lesson learn with care, and all the household well shall fare."
It's a nice little ditty, it is easy to remember, but does it have any impact or practicality in our "modern" world?
I've noticed, as I get older and think about raising a family someday, that people don't know their "lessons." That is, people don't know what is expected of them and therefore do not do what is expected of them. Granted, some people do know their "lessons" but just decide to ignore them. Look at the problems with our society; homosexuality is becoming "normal," children are getting pregnant and have no respect for authority, husbands leave their wives and wives hate their husbands. People don't know their lessons, therefore the "household" does not fare well.
Adults want to be children, children want to be adults; parents want to be children, and children want to be parents; men want to be women, women want to be men; husbands want to be wives, wives want to be husbands; leaders want to be followers, followers want to be leaders; and in the church, pastors want to be laity; laity want to be pastors!!
Enough of all of this nonsense! Be who you are called to be in God's Kingdom. There is nothing wrong with being what God has called you to be. There is nothing wrong with taking the role God has given you and doing it to the best of your ability.
Let each his lesson learn with care, and all the household well shall fare!