You're probably not going to like this, but I can't image you'd be surprised to find out - I'm not really big on Disney Princesses. I mean, I get why some women are into it - singing all the time, dancing with household objects, best friends with a lobster and no real royal responsibilities.
But I'm not keen on the idea of a lifetime to spend being a person of stature with no personal direction other than to spend forever living 'happily'...I've not got the right resting face for that! I don't have the singing voice for it either!
Some women desire a flawless fairy tale but I don't really want that - I want something deeper, more gritty and distinctly non-fiction.
These last few weeks we've been learning more and more about this woman described as the Wife of Noble Character. But what does being noble actually mean? Because when I hear the word noble, I think of princess' having tea parties.
But the word noble can mean any of the following things:
- Having a 'rank' or 'title', e.g. Princess
- To be 'distinguished' or 'honoured'
- To be a part of a special social group
- To hold a high moral code
- A product of high quality
- Chemically active
So why is this Proverbs 31 wife particularly noble? Well, I think she's all of these things and I think we are too. Let me show you...
1. Have a 'rank' or 'title'
You have a title. You are a co-heir to Christ. Romans 8 verse 17 (NIV) says so,
'Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.'
2. To be 'distinguished' or 'honoured'
You are. It's as simple as that. Everything God has done is because He holds you in high esteem, whatever the world may say about you. Isaiah 43 verse 4 (NIV) tells us so,
'Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.'
3. To be a part of a special social group
The church, duh. If you're not in one, find one, commit to it, become a member, serve teas and coffees or volunteer on the youth group. They are your family. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 (NIV) has a lot to say but here's the gist,
'For the [Church] body is not one member, but many.'
4. To hold a high moral code
Jesus lived a life of purity. Could there be a higher moral code than to follow His example? Leviticus 11 verse 44 (BBIE) explains why we even bother,
'For I am the Lord your God: for this reason, make and keep yourselves holy, for I am holy...'
Just like the moon shines because the sun shines on it - don't we reflect and radiate the glory of God as we worship Him with our lives? Psalm 145 verse 3 (MSG) says this,
'God is magnificent; he can never be praised enough.
There are no boundaries to his greatness.'
6. A product of high quality
Psalm 139 verse 14 (NIV) are the words we need to remind ourselves of and offer to God as we look in the mirror each day,
'I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.'
7. Chemically active
If somebody pours bleach on you, you'd react right? Well that may not be enough of a reason for you science-boffins, but if you want a more factual answer - go ask a scientist! Colossians 1 verse 17 (KJV) tells us that God made us biological, chemical and physical!
'And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.'
So you're noble! And with all of this in mind, let's look at Proverbs 31:26 (VOICE) our verse for the day which says,
'She conducts her conversations with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is ever her concern.'
The action of a wise-woman, is to take the wisdom that is within her and share it with those around her using her words.
When we begin to learn about wisdom and it takes root in our hearts, it starts to show up in our actions. Our priorities will change and refocus on how to create a Christ-sustaining life that breathe kindness into the lives of those around us.
I've heard women who show power, leadership and management skills being accused of being 'bitches', tyrants, dictators or unladylike.
But in these passages the Bible shows us that we can have a spirit of determination, grit, strength and of preparation - without dictating or demanding control over those around us or the situations in our lives.
Not only is she strong - she is also meek. Doesn't this remind you of someone?
*coughs* Jesus *cough*