Friday, September 17, 2010

What's a Girl To Do?

As young women near the completion of their high school years, the question always arises, “What now?” Do we go off to college in preparation for a career? Do we stay at home and wait for Prince Charming to show up? As always, we should look to the Scripture for our answers.
First, naturally, we are to keep in mind that whatever path we take in our adult years, we are to strive to serve, honor, and glorify the Lord. “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”~1 Corinthians 10:31
Secondly, we can examine what the Bible calls women to do. The very first woman, Eve, was created for the purpose of being Adam’s helpmeet, as he sought to take dominion over the earth. (Genesis 2:18)
What a wonderful calling! Often women in this day and age think of this calling as oppressive, but it is truly the greatest freedom we can know. If we are joyfully serving our husband at home, under his protection and guidance, submitting to him as we are commanded to in Ephesians 5, we will find that this is what the Lord has designed us for. Women often think they will find freedom, happiness, and be free from men out in the world, making their own as career women. But when a woman isn’t under the authority of one man, she is under the authority of all of them. Many women simply do not understand that serving one’s boss is just the same as serving one’s husband; only it’s not part of our God-given calling.
Do I think it’s wrong for a woman to go to college? Absolutely not.  But remember, the main purpose of education is not to learn calculus (thankfully for me), be well versed in literature, be able to spout psychology, etc. The reason we are given minds to learn is so we can grow in the knowledge and wisdom of our Lord. Forget the math. Forget the reading. Am I against those things? Again, no. As long as we remember that reading is not how we receive blessings. Obeying and serving God is.
So whatever choices a young lady makes in her adult years, I encourage her to seek out what the Lord would have her do, not seeking the approval of men, nor her own selfish desires.
Darby Sproul 


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