You are reading Part One of the mini-series subtitled “The Virtuous Woman.”
I’ve concluded that the virtuous woman of Proverbs was like Carolyn Ingalls (of Little House on the Prairie), Mary Kay Ash (of the cosmetics), and Cindy Crawford (beautiful model) all rolled into one. Homemaker par excellence, there was nothing that Perfect Woman couldn’t do.
Nothing she couldn’t do
Spinning, weaving, sewing, and knitting. Cooking, baking, and directing the household help. And with her magazine worthy house and gourmet cooking, her husband’s friends and business associates were always wined and dined in style. Her family always well-dressed and mannerly.
And she was also Businesswoman Extraordinaire. Buying, selling, and trading. Dealing in real estate, farming, and commerce. Never allowing an opportunity to slip through her fingers. And all the while fashionably dressed and beautiful, every hair in place, and perfectly made up.
Yet her excellence didn’t stop there! She seemed to never sleep, yet had energy enough to help the poor and needy, more than likely as president of many local charities. She was tireless, impeccable, and flawless.
No wonder I never really liked her! She leaves me feeling that I fall sadly short. How could I, an ordinary, average homemaker, ever match this icon of the superwoman? Yet, isn’t that what God wants?
It takes commitment
I’m not so sure that the Lord wants us to become just like her. For one thing times are different now, and even this woman’s portfolio would likely be greatly changed. If she lived today, even she might not spin or weave. But also because likely not every woman in biblical times did everything the virtuous woman did. Take Esther for example. As queen with multiple servants she possibly did little physical labor at all. Yet a more virtuous woman would be hard to find!
Becoming a virtuous woman takes commitment, which she had in spades. She was highly committed and applied herself wholeheartedly to all that she did. And if we’re really honest, that’s something we sometimes lack.
No carbon copies
We may never excel in all the ways this woman did, but I’m not sure that’s what the Lord is really asking of us. He doesn’t want carbon copies of her, for he made each of us in our own unique and special way.
He has a special and individual plan for each of us. And all he really asks is that we tend to things with our whole heart. Just like this woman, striving for excellence in all we do.
It’s wholehearted commitment that pleases God. Not that we do things perfectly. But that we give them our all and do them to the best of our ability. And when we slip up or fall, we confess our errors or weaknesses – and keep on trying.
It’s up to us to change
So determine today what holds you back from excelling like the perfect woman, and then commit to making changes.
- Distractions you need to get rid of?
- Unhealthy comparing of yourself with others?
- Or are you just trying to do too many things?
- And possibly even things the Lord never asked of you?
Take time today to prayerfully discover what the Lord would have you do in your present place and time in life. Then ask his help in devoting yourself wholeheartedly to those tasks!
And perhaps you might discover that becoming more like that Perfect Woman isn’t such an impossible goal after all!
The Lord isn’t after carbon copies of the Proverbs 31 woman. All he really expects is that we do our best with what he gives us to do!Tweet