Friday, February 24, 2012

Confused yet? I know I am!



Recently I have been studying the time period of the 1920’s. Besides the fact that it was the end of the war and the beginning of prohibition, it was also a major time period of “role confusion.”
A little background for you: During the war, many women had to take jobs in the numerous factories as to do their part for the war effort. Of course, this was because all of the men were fighting overseas and they were in desperate need of the supplies which the factories produced.
After the war some women didn’t want to give up their jobs. They had tasted this new kind of freedom, just as Eve had tasted the apple. Although this time they had a glimpse of man’s world and some of them didn’t want to give it up.
Another problem was the teenager culture. The fashion of the day was no longer designed with girlish frills, big skirts, and long flowy hair. Girls were now wearing knee length dresses, and bobbing their hair so short that on occasion, you could not tell the difference between a boy and a girl.
It was not just the outward appearance that had changed; it was the attitude. In the 1920’s girls became less feminine and were encouraged to try and be tough, and step into a boys shoes. Girls as well as boys were encouraged to not grow up, but be forever in the stage of happy youth.

All this has backfired!

Let’s pretended that you are accompanying me on a trip to town. Our first stop is the grocery store. We park our car and start heading for door. Uh Oh, our first problem arises. There is a young man standing awkwardly inside the door. Will he hold the door open for you on his way out, or will he hurry by, hands in his pockets because he is afraid that you will get the wrong impression by his courtesy? If he did open the door, would you say a polite “thank you” or would you take offense at his gesture? Clearly he thinks that you are too weak to open the door by yourself…
You enter the store. The flour you were looking for is on a high a shelf, but unfortunately you are too short to reach it. Your eyes search for an employee of the store and finally you spot one. That is when problem two comes to the surface: The employee has his/hers back to you can’t tell if it is a boy or a girl. Yikes. How are you supposed to address this person? The young adult is wearing incredibly tight pants, a baggy t-shirt, a short hair cut that looks like it might have once been died orange, and has two earrings.

Like the 1920’s, 2012 has its own set of appearances. Before the 1920’s, young women never smoke or drank in public. Unfortunately, that changed. During the 1920, it wasn’t all too uncommon to see women self consciously puffing and choking on cigarette smoke, or drinking along with men. Although at that time they weren’t allowed to be in the bars, as we can see, that came along later. Now there isn’t anywhere in the Bible that tells women not to drink or smoke, but to me it doesn’t paint the prettiest picture of how a true lady’s character should be upheld. Instead, it says “if men can do it I can do it.”

Now a days, we see a lot of this kind of attitude. We see women pastors, women in the army, we see them in politics. Not too long ago the navy’s submarines were accepted for only men. Then came along the all-achieving women. The military now has to spend 4 million dollars per submarine to re-outfit each submarine so that women can live, work, and die with the men standing by their sides.
So my fellow sisters, are you confused yet? Are you wondering what exactly your role is in this world? Are you wondering where to go from here?
I want to encourage you to step into the word of God. To discern for yourself what kind of roll God has for you, his precious daughter. In what ways can you best honor Him? How can you best serve the people around you? Most importantly, ask yourself this: What kind of attitude fits best with God’s original plan for His daughters?

Are you following that plan?

Here are a few scriptures that are encouraging to me.

Proverbs 31:10 a wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Ok so were not married but needless to say be someone with outstanding character.
Proverbs 31:20 she opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

Proverbs 31:27 she watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Genesis 2:18 the lord God said it is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him. Be a helper. If you don’t practice helping people now you can’t expect that character trait to spring up as soon as you become a wife.

Titus 2:3-5 likewise teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train that younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

1 peter 3: 3-4 your beauty should not come from outward adornment such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4 instead it should be that of your inner self the unfading beauty of a quiet and gentle spirit which is of great worth in God’s sight

Deuteronomy 6:7 Impress them upon your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you wake up.

Don’t be confused. You are a daughter of your heavenly father. Study God’s word, diligently search for his commands, don’t take them lightly. God loves you and wants to see you grow in His image, His word is a love letter to you and He didn’t leave out anything important.

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