Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Proverbs 31 Challenge, Day 12

(27) She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
(28) Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
(29) “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
 Once again, we find this proverb emphasizing the lack of idleness in a virtuous woman.

But here, we also see how her family views her.

I'm going to tackle these verses from two different view points: From that of the family, and that of the wife.

Nowadays, it seems the norm to diss your mom. You're even considered as "weird", "mother's pet", or even "unable to socialize" if you don't.

"My Mom is SO lame, she won't let me stay up all night!" "Mmmoooommmm......Why won't you stop being so paranoid, and just let me go to the freaking party??" "Geez, stop fussing, mom! I'm not a baby anymore!"

You see it everywhere. In comics. On TV. In books. At the mall. Even when I go for walks around our neighborhood. Most kids don't view their mothers as blessings any more. Instead, they're merely this obstacle they can't wait to get around the minute they turn 18.

This verse calls  us to respect our mothers. To encourage her. To thank her. You don't realize how much she does for you, until she's suddenly not there. Think: The laundry doesn't do itself. Your dinner didn't magically pop out of the air and onto your plate. That car didn't drive itself by remote control to your friend's house. Your dishes you had leave in the sink from breakfast as you rushed out the door didn't wash themselves. The kitchen doesn't get cleaned every day by little forest animals. Somehow, all this is happening-beneath our very noses!

As for the second viewpoint, that of the wife, it calls us to be mothers our kids can call "blessed".

In other words, be there for them, and take joy in, well, being their mom. Take part in their lives, and not just throw them a soggy PB&J sandwich every day. Raise them from childhood with diligence and care, and bring them up to be Godly young Christians, ready to enter the world and face its many challenges and snares.

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