(In honor of St. Patty’s Day, here is my article for today)
One of the definitions of the word “luck” is: the good or bad things that happen by chance. Now I ask you this, do you really want to live your life depending on things happening by chance? Or, would you rather make your own way in life, controlling your own destiny? Controlling your way to becoming a complete woman? Women today need to make a decision about their role and decide what it will take to make them feel complete.
Some women are happy to be homemakers. Some want only to have a career, with no thoughts of a family. Some want it all. You need to be in charge of your own destiny with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
There are so many opinions on the role of women in our society today, that it can be difficult to know what is right and what is wrong. I believe that it can be especially difficult for Christian women. They sometimes find themselves caught in the middle, wanting to stay within what she believes are her Christian boundaries, yet wanting to feel liberated.
We hear some of the ideas put forth by the “liberated” women on equal rights; some make sense and we want to agree. But, too many times their opinion is – you must to do this and/or that. Other women at the opposite end of the spectrum, using Biblical teachings on women, will try to tell us that we do not have, or should not have the same rights and opportunities as men. Often, their opinions become negatives – you cannot do this and/or that. As a Christian woman, I believe that many of the so-called liberated women have gone much too far and the women at the other end of the spectrum can be equally as wrong.
Despite what some people think, Jesus did more for the liberation of women than anyone else in history. Galatians 3 talks about how we should trust in Christ (and by the way, the whole chapter is really enlightening and fun to read in The Message translation.) In The Message translation, verses 23-25 say “But now you have arrived at your destination: By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God. Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe – Christ’s life, the fulfillment of God’s original promise.” Then very importantly, it goes on in verses 26-29 to say “In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous ‘descendant,’ heirs according to the covenant promises.” Because of Jesus, we are all equal. Women are not second-class citizens. We have been liberated!
The best Biblical teaching on the subject of a complete woman and her role in society is Proverbs 31:10-31. It tells us that a virtuous woman is worth more than precious gems, that her family will bless and praise her. It also reveals the qualities and talents of this virtuous woman, as well as the meaning of real liberation.
The qualities of this woman spoken of are enviable. She was trustworthy, self-confident, strong, happy, dignified, hard-working, wise, sympathetic and kind. Without a doubt, all of those qualities can help create a complete woman.
Her husband trusted her completely to fulfill her responsibilities as his wife, knowing she would support and help him in his endeavors. He was possibly even better known and respected in their community because of her. She was an outstanding homemaker, looking after her family in an excellent manner capable of shopping wisely and supplying all of their physical needs. We are told that she also involved herself in their community by helping those less fortunate. She was obviously well educated, had the ability to delegate authority to accomplish her goals; and, was a business woman with a trade of her own – sometimes making important financial decisions concerning large purchases. How much more liberated could any woman want to be?
It should be noted however, that being a complete woman is no easy task. All of the qualities and talents mentioned are highly desirable, but do not necessarily come naturally for us. Acquiring these qualities do not result because we are “lucky” – they are a result of dedication and hard work – and likely will be a life-long mission. But, think of the rewards and growth that will be experienced in the meantime!
This should encourage all women to re-educate themselves. The men in our lives should also encourage us – they have nothing to lose and much to gain with a completed woman, as is made obvious by Proverbs 31. We should learn to express ourselves and develop our interests. We should discover our potential for growth and answer the challenge to become all that God intends us to be – a complete woman. This will result in freedom much greater than the freedom offered by the feminists.
Written by Karran Martin
Originally September 26, 2018 – Revised March 17, 2019