Reflection: Proverbs 31 is often put forward as an image of the ideal woman. The writer’s perfect lady who is unspeakably talented, capable, clever and admired. It’s more than a little intimidating! But when we look a little closer, we see that image has come from the writer’s mother – she implores her son be a man of good character, to choose a wife carefully, to know her, and to notice and honour that woman.
Rather than holding ourselves against unattainable ideals, we can apply the underlying values at play here – of all the things we can be, being a God-fearer is by far the most important. And also, be thankful for the amazing people God has put in your life – notice their quality, admire them and appreciate God’s goodness to you through them.
Question: Are you more likely to praise God for those around you, or complain about them?
Prayer: Father, thank you that you have made us to be social creatures – relating to you and others around us. I give thanks for the beautiful members of my family and I pray that you would help me to appreciate them and your blessing to us through them. Amen.