Tuesday, April 17, 2012

She is industrious.

Proverbs 31:13
She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.

What this passage is saying is that you must shear a sheep and begin to knit a sweater for your future husband.

I'm kidding.

When I think of busily spinning wool and flax, I'll admit that the first thing that comes to my mind is keeping uselessly busy.  Why spin wool all day?  What is the purpose of that?  Putting this passage into context with today's time, this Proverbs 31 woman was not overwhelming herself with useless, silly tasks.  Spinning wool and flax was something she needed to do in order to take care of her household.  She was making clothes and blankets for her family.

While you probably don't need to make your own blankets, there are certainly dull and undesirable duties in your life that can be easy to set on the backburner.  Sitting and spinning wool for long and dreary hours is not a fun task; but neither is writing that particularly long essay or folding your laundry.

How have you spent your time today?

If you were to create a graph right now containing how much time you've spent doing what today, would necessities like school and chores take up the most time or would you have spent most of your hours on the internet and on your phone?

Leisure should have its place in your life.  Without some sort of relaxation, it's so easy to become overwhelmed.  However, a Proverbs 31 woman spends her time on the necessities first.  She completes the tasks that need to be done.  Her priorities are in order.  

What needs to be done in your life today?

Today's challenge is to make a list of goals to complete before sundown.  Not just in your head.  Literally take out a piece of paper and write out all that you need to do today.

Mine goes a little something like this:
  • Laundry
  • Write the outline for my speech
  • Complete a chapter of math homework
  • Etc.
Before you sit, relax, and browse Facebook, go ahead and try to complete a few of the tasks on your list.  Make sure you check off your priorities before you have down time.

A woman of God is industrious and hard-working.  Do you see those qualities in yourself?  

Keep busy today.  Don't spend the majority of your time doing silly and meaningless things.  A saying I like to keep in mind is:

What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. 

Complete what needs to be done.  Keep your priorities straight.  Spend your time doing things that glorify God.  Be industrious today.

And most of all, make sure you enjoy today.  Find joy in little blessings from the Lord, even if you're busy and your schedule is crammed full of things to do.  Exchange this day of your life for something beautiful that glorifies your Creator.

What have you done so far today?

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