I grew up primarily in rural Oklahoma communities. People valued family, God, and hard work. These were farmers and ranchers, small business owners and teachers, and they knew the value of being a person who worked diligently and competently. I can remember hearing older people make the comment, “She’s a worker, that girl” about women I knew and, even as a young child, realizing it was the highest compliment they gave.
I imagine our Mrs. P31 would have received that praise.
She rises while it is still yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchants.
She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31:15-16, 24, 27
Today, we have so many ways to squander our time … so many opportunities to “eat the bread of idleness.” From the internet to the hundreds of channels on TV, we can spend our days in front of screens and never accomplish one thing of purpose.
This trait of industriousness is a key factor in developing the character of Mrs. P31. After all, she stayed so busy she didn’t have time to waste on meaningless things like gossip. I’m certainly not advocating that we all are expected to become businesswomen and manage companies or home businesses … but I do believe we are all called to the very high privilege of “looking well to the ways of our households.”
Today, will you choose to be industrious over idle? Will you use your time well to bless your family?