Monday, October 31, 2011

Because You Don't Get Strong Pieces From a Weak Whole

A friend of mine posted a link to a commentary over the Super Proverbs 31 Woman. You know, the girl most of us can't stand because she makes us look pathetic. That one.

But actually, the more I study "her," I realize that this may be a description of multiple women and simply the characteristics all combined that make up the "ideal" woman. Because really, is there any way that one single woman can really have ALL that? Probably not.

Anyway, that's beside the point. My real point is something else--something I noticed that I'd never connected before with this woman. Here's a snip from the site:

"She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks." We get a picture of a woman who vigorously goes about her duties. She keeps herself healthy and strong by proper health practices — good diet, adequate rest and exercise. Many people depend on her.

Never before had I given much thought to what this truly means: that her arms are strong for her tasks. I think this commentary nails it; she can only be strong if she's healthy. Why have I not connected this before? I have a lot of tasks, but am I strong for them?

So many things are demanded of us women. Children are demanding. Our jobs are demanding. Our relationships are demanding. It seems that everything and everyone wants some small--albeit exhausting at times--piece of us. I don't know about you, but my pieces are pretty weak when my whole is not well cared for. For starters, I have a horrible habit of not eating all day. I get up in the morning and run on nothing but coffee. All day. You can imagine that I crash pretty quickly. So what do I do? Refill that bad boy with more caffeine, of course--what else? I'm left with minimal energy to invest in all the areas required of me. My kids don't get a very focused mom. I'm shaky and sometimes fidgety. (I probably look like I'm on some really good stuff!) I stay hungry, but I ignore it and then wonder why I have no energy. I know that I probably sound pretty insane right now, but this is truly where I land most days. I share all of this because I feel that God is on the brink of redeeming this in me--to slowly cultivate me into this highly sought after woman. Or at least into being a few steps closer to her anyway.

Because my family needs me and needs much of me, I am committing to push toward better health. I'm anxious to see how this plays a role in transforming even my heart!
Peace of Christ to you,

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