Most ladies are familiar with “The Proverbs 31 Woman.” Even ladies who don’t know how to be here know about her. She’s one of the only detailed standards of a Godly woman.
She cooks. She cleans. She loves. She forgives. She sews. She shops. She’s an entrepreneur. She’s a gardener. She’s a mother. She’s attentive to her husband and takes great care of him – so much so that he’s known in the city gates. She honors God. She teaches young women under her. She’s beyond incredible.
The Proverbs 31 Woman doesn’t wallow in self pity. We’re told that instead, she handles her business. She doesn’t chase Tom, Dick & Harry. No, she’s faithful and dedicated to one man whose blessed as a result of her devotion. She’s not a party girl. Everyone knows who she is, but not because they’ve had her. They know her because she’s bold and unapologetically herself. She’s generous and kind. She’s beautiful and worth admiring. She’s secure. She’s whole.
How did she get this way? Why isn’t the woman at the well who had many husbands, including one who wasn’t her own, considered a Noble Wife like the Proverbs 31 Woman is? Eve isn’t described in such vivid detail, and Mary, the mother of Jesus isn’t even described in the way that this lady is in Proverbs.
It makes me think. Women are women, but not all women are good, helpful, noble or worthy of praise. Does that make one woman better than another? I won’t answer that. What I’ll say is this: God has given us each identity and purpose. The use of our own identity matched with the purpose of our life is what leads to greatness. The Proverbs 31 Woman is great because her hands are filled with purpose. She’s great because she works at it. She’s worthy of praise because she’s earned it. Her praise may be different from that given to the Mary, the mother of Jesus, but her purpose was also different.
This leads me to you and I. I am woman. You may also be woman, but we are not the same. We both have two individual opportunities to embrace our identities and live on purpose. If one of us chooses not to do so, it doesn’t add or take away from the other. There’s enough greatness for all of us to get some if we are willing to work for it!
“Charm is Deceptive & Beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is worthy of praise.” Proverbs 31:30
I am Eryka