I wasn’t able to post Day 5, so I am putting Day 5 and Day 6 together!
It is Labor Day!!
The virtues for today are DILIGENCE and CREATIVENESS!
“She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes”
“She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.”
The Virtuous Woman is not lazy! She finds what she needs and she makes something out of it. She doesn’t complain (hence “works with her hands in delight”), because she knows that God created her to do exactly what she is doing!
There is so much laziness in today’s lifestyle, because everything is so readily available to us. We take so much for granted and we think that we work so hard for it! When really, we don’t know the meaning of hard work.
Could you imagine having to grow and kill our own food? As a young mother, my generation would LAUGH at you if you told them that they had to go kill their own cow/pig/chicken for their supper that night. I’m not going to lie, I’d laugh at you too! I would HATE to have to do that every night.
I feel like this description applied more to the women back in that time’s society. So let’s find a way to apply it to our society now.
As a Virtuous Woman, in today’s time, I shouldn’t be lazy. I should get up at a proper time, have my alone time with God, get the day planned out BEFORE it has started, get breakfast ready for my husband (if he even eats breakfast, because mine hardly ever does) and my kids, get the daily chores done and go about my responsibilities WITHOUT complaining. That’s the biggest challenge for me: not complaining.
Not only is the Virtuous Woman diligent by not being lazy, but she is also CREATIVE!
Notice that in the scripture it tells of all of the awesome things that she makes for her family, herself, and her community. She serves them with her unique abilities by making them linens and clothes.
God has given us each a gift as well. It is our job to use that gift to serve others and to serve Him!
It might not necessarily be making clothes and linens, but any kind of unique ability is just as important as the other! When they all come together for the same purpose (to serve others and God), they turn into something beautiful and bring JOY!
What do you do to be diligent?
Are you guilty of being lazy?
If so, what can you do to NOT be lazy?
What is the unique gift that God has given you?
How do you use it to serve God?