“More than Rubies”

This weeks meditation: “More than Rubies”
Read: Proverbs 31:10-31

A teacher gave her class of second graders a lesson on the magnet and what it does. The next day in a written test, she included this question: “My full name has six letters. The first one is M, and I pick up things. What am I?” When the answers were all in the teacher was astounded to find that almost fifty percent had written in, mother.

This Sunday is Mothers Day.  We will honor mothers, celebrate mothers, and thank them for all they do!  But one thing that should not be overlooked is how crucial a mother is to her family and to society in general.  They do so much more than just pick up after the rest of us.  Lord Shaftsbury once said, “Give me a generation of Christian mothers, and I will undertake to change the whole face of society in twelve months.”

In Proverbs 31 we see the importance that scripture gives to wives, mothers, and women in general.  Verse 10 says, “She is worth far more than rubies.”  Unfortunately in much of our world today women are not shown the kind of worth that this verse grants them.  Too often their valuable part in shaping a culture and society is not valued nearly as high as it should be.

Some women may think that the 31st Proverb invokes pressure to be the perfect women, wife, Christian, and mother.  Instead of viewing it as a call for perfection it should be viewed as a statement of value and worth.  It’s hard to imagine what our families, churches, communities, country and world would look like without their love, compassion, and committment.

I love the way this Proverb ends, it says, “Charm can be deceiving, and beauty fades away, but a woman who honors the Lord deserves to be praised.  Show her respect, praise her in public for what she has done.”  Don’t miss your opportunity this Sunday!

Make it personal:  Mothers Day can be difficult for some.  Each of us have had different experiences in our families, but one thing is the same for all of us; God’s grace is sufficient!  Perhaps Proverbs 31 can be the start of a new day for you, your family, your church, your community, and the world that God has placed around you.

Blessings on Mother’s Day,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life

Arthur Mennonite Church