Have you ever thought that you are supposed be like the Proverbs 31 woman?
I thought that at one time. It seemed to be some sort of movement in the church world a while back. It’s what I heard and saw from other Christian woman... and I thought that I was “supposed” to have my goals set up to become like the Proverbs 31 woman.
And then I thought, as I tried to reach the goals, —>impossible!!
One day I read something that really impacted me. In this reading from this Christian woman’s perception - it turned out that it does not need to be the goal in life to be just like the Proverbs 31 woman.
AND - She is unattainable all together.
So I took the pressure off myself to become something that I could NEVER live up to. I decided to receive this perception and let go of any thoughts I’d held on to from before. To add - something I realized and focus on in my daily life is - the one we are being sanctified each day to become like - is Jesus. Full of love, mercy, kindness, acceptance (for the person, not the sin), and forgiveness.
I want to share an excerpt of a book I read by the Christian author I mentioned before - Holley Gerth:
"When we think of the Proverbs 31 woman, it's easy to exclaim, "I want to be just her!" But goals like that are impossible to achieve. What does that even mean? We end up feeling frustrated and guilty about not meeting a standard we don't even fully understand. I believe the description in Proverbs 31 is not given to us as a "perfect woman checklist". Instead it's an example of how we can proactively approach life and be faithful with whatever God has placed under our care in a way that honors him and blesses others.
At the heart of this is not a big, lofty idea. Instead what seems most clear in the description of the Proverbs 31 woman is that we're to be faithful in the small, immediate, everyday things before us. She does what's simple and straightforward. But she does it with consistency and excellence. Over time, that adds up to much more than her actions each day might convey to those observing.
Thinking about a dream is much more fun than actually doing it. Yes, there are moments that are glorious along the way. But often the everyday reality feels ordinary, plain and even boring at times. I imagine the Proverbs 31 woman had those moments too. They can make us stall out and turn in search of a different, more exciting goal.
But simply DOING THE NEXT THING....is often the most godliest choice we can make.”
Now, let’s just go and do the next thing shall we?