session 6. here we go…
we looked at proverbs 31:10-31…for those of you who know the verse you may be sighing and wondering why i’d venture there. for those of you who don’t know, this section has been labelled “the wife of noble character”, but i think we managed to look at this passage with fresh eyes and explore some of the characteristics that are mentioned and made them applicable to any woman, any person.
before we get into the meat of it, we had “coffee time with anne-marie“. anne-marie mediwake is today’s superwoman. she is a news anchor for global news. she has triplets. she makes both of those things look easy. and she is a pretty cool person.
so, some questions for you to think about first:
1. how do we, as a society, define success?
2. what is success to YOU?
3. what characteristics do you see as being “noble” or “virtuous”?
4. what do you believe are the gifts that God has given you?
we discussed these things together. talking about how society measures success in “things”: wealth, possessions, status. what we drive, what we wear, in what neighbourhood we live, and who we are “with” all matter in society.
how do we measure success in our community? we talked about finding what you are passionate about and being successful in your passions. if its working on compassion efforts, doing so with no stops and working hard at it. feeling successful is finding contentment in what you are doing. being successful is measured in how your relationship with God is effecting your life, other relationships and your passions.
what did we think were noble or virtuous characteristics? having a solid set of morals, enduring responsibilities, being understanding and compassionate, being just. having a level head. the list could go on.
now go ahead and read proverbs 31:10-31. we read from a couple of different translations and that might be helpful for you too.
we then asked each other these questions:
a) what verse stands out to you the most in this passage? why?
b) what attributes/characteristics can we pick out from this passage?
c) looking back to last week…in the book of ruth, boaz calls ruth a “woman of noble character” (3:11); what qualities or characteristics from this passage does ruth exemplify?
d) thinking about the different giftings or talents that you have been given, how are you using them? are you confident in the gifts that God has given you? why or why not?
e) what does it mean to “fear the Lord”?
we walked through this passage verse by verse and looked at all of the attributes described here: kindness, trustworthiness, compassion, hardworking, conscientiousness, wisdom, and on and on. we talked about how this list and these attributes don’t just have to be about a “wife” but are attributes that can be beneficial to all people to take note of.
we discussed the fact that lessons learned from this passage can be integrated into our own lives: not being lazy, working hard and being eager to do so, watching what we say and speaking wise words instead of gossip or slander, using our time to its fullest, and being a positive influence on those around you.
the second last verse in this passage says that “a woman who fearst he Lord is to be praised.” we talked about what it meant to fear the Lord – that we can do this by honouring the giftings that God has given us and using those gifts in the ways in which He would have us do so. in our interview with anne-marie, she said, “be yourself. and be yourself BIG.” so, in the same way, be yourself (rooted in Christ, complete with all of the giftings that God has given you). and be yourself BIG (honour God in what you are doing. do it for His glory. and do it BIG!). that’s where you’ll find success. living BIG for Christ.
as you continue with your day. your week. whatever you’re up to, remember that in Christ, you can be confident, you are successful, and that in Christ, you are enough.