A Woman's Worth

Posted by Dawn Bovenmyer on

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her; many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.  – Proverbs 31:28-29 NIV

In a recent interview with Southern Living magazine, actress Reece Witherspoon reflected on her grandmother and the influence that she had had on her. Reece glowed about many afternoons spent at Grandma’s house after school where she learned how to cook and read and enjoyed just hanging out together. “Grandma taught me just about everything,” she related. Times at Grandma’s house, shopping trips together... Grandma lovingly taught and bonded with her granddaughter in deep and lasting ways.

Reece then went on to lament that though Grandma had a master’s degree in education, there wasn’t anything to do with it afterwards, “as back then you stayed home with your kids.” Reece’s conclusion was that she was now living the life that Grandma didn’t get a chance to live, a life of doing great things, of traveling, of being accomplished.

It seems that Reece’s understanding is that a woman’s worth is in her accomplishments, and especially in the accomplishments that the world values. But if Reece were to stop and reflect on her own words and experience, she would find that she was contradicting herself!

Had Grandma truly had a career outside the home as Reece wistfully suggested, would Reece be the same person she is today? Her grandma’s investment in Reece was priceless. A granddaughter grew up feeling secure, loved, cherished, and learned a lot on the side! Those gifts would have been lost to Reece.

Proverbs 31 describes a woman who “watches over the affairs of her household,” busily and lovingly caring for her family. Like Reece, her family blesses and praises her, the final verdict on a life truly well lived!

Submitted by:
Dawn Bovenmeyer
Stonebrook Community Church
Ames, Iowa

One-Year Bible Reading
1 Samuel 15:1-16:23
John 8:1-20
Psalm 110:1-7
Proverbs 15:8-10

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