Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The image of perfection

I've been struck down by guilt. Law school and life have kept me ridiculously busy recently. On top of my busy schedule, I've had serious writer's block because of the guilt that this 31 Day Project is passing, and I'm what, like 12 days behind already?

Here I am, someone who is often biting off more than I can chew, and then choking on it.

But enough of my pity party, let's think about something more positive, more well, spiritual. When I think of the Proverbs 31 woman, I'm pretty sure she also had days (weeks) like I'm having, where it doesn't feel like she's getting enough done. But this noble woman doesn't give up, she just keeps pressing on, keeps working, and things get done.

The Proverbs 31 woman knows how to persevere. Wait... I can't spend the rest of this month calling this remarkable woman "the Proverbs 31 woman." Not only is it a mouthful (and really long to type) but it's also ridiculously impersonal. Here I am, trying to spend a month focused on this woman's virtues and mediating on the last chapter of Proverbs, and I can't even put a name or face to the woman.

Here's my solution:

Meet Priela.

(yes this is from One Night with the King) 
Priela is a Hebrew name, meaning Fruit Of God, and I think, the perfect name for this famous unnamed woman. Proverbs 31 lists all of these virtues that come from living a disciplined and faithful life in service to God, and I believe that there is a promise there, that by working towards these godly qualities we can bear fruit for God and be filled with the fruit of righteousness.

Philippians 1:9-11 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Romans 7:4
So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.

As incredible of a woman as Proverbs 31 describes Priela to be, she's not perfect. Thank God, for neither am I! The only thing perfect in this world is God, and He is the image of perfection. I don't have to achieve perfection, but it is good to set my eyes on a role model or description of a model wife, so that I can strive to better myself.

On November 1, after I complete the 31 Day Project, I'm not going to wake up perfect, but hopefully, I'll be a teensy bit better at this whole wife/mom business.

I'm participating in a 31 Day Challenged to Change my World.
What am I doing for 31 Days?
Spending it with the Proverbs 31 Woman.
If you'd like to read all of my 31 Days with Prov. 31 please click here.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

The Proverbs 31 woman also had a small army of employees and servants--pretty much the same thing back then--who did all the baby bottom-wiping, cleaning, and cooking for her. While she wasn't above personally laboring, most of the products of her household (fabric and wine, primarily, on her end) were commercial in nature and done by her dozen or more "maidens." Her fabric production was an industry, not a hobby or some sort of God-given ordinance to make one's home pretty. (Not that these things aren't fun!!!) If you aren't given a small but potentially very profitable business to run as part of your marriage package, as she was, you shouldn't beat yourself up. About a third of the chapter is about how hard she works, and over a third about how savvy a businesswoman she is and how much wealth she creates for the family, which was only possible among the most elite circles of the time--this is a wife of a very rich dude who makes him even more rich. The average housewife would be hard pressed after tending babies, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the animals and the garden, and MAYBE making enough clothes for the family to do *anything* that generated revenue, much less spend most of her time in business matters, as the Proverbs 31 woman did.


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