I’ve been reading through Proverbs 31:10-31 a lot lately.
One of the things that strikes me the most about this virtuous lady is her utter selflessness. She isn’t focused on furthering her career, padding her bank account, or receiving praises for her personal accomplishments. On the contrary, she seems to be focused on the needs of others–her husband, her children and her community.
It bumfuzzles me that homemakers are often labeled as a poor, oppressed breed of women. Yet when I look at the Proverbs 31 woman I see:
- She is well-dressed.
- She has plenty of food to eat.
- She is physically fit.
- She enjoys a well-ordered, emotionally stable life.
- She is strong, dignified and yet cheerful.
- She has a lasting beauty.
- She doesn’t sit around wringing her hands about the future. She is secure and content.
- Her husband, who is well-respected in the community, thinks she’s awesome and remains unwavering in his faithfulness to her. He brags about her to his friends and tells her she’s one in a million.
- Her kids are crazy about her.
So who wouldn’t be overjoyed to have these blessings?
But how did she attain all these benefits of life? Certainly not by insisting that her husband get busy and help do his share of the household chores (though there’s nothing wrong with men helping out), or by sitting around with an idle mind and hands.
She received these blessing by choosing the path of servanthood–making the needs of her family her chief priority, second only to her relationship with Christ.
We are never more like Jesus than when we are serving Him and others, and there is no higher calling than to be a servant.