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“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” (Titus 2:3-5 NIV)
Older women who are reverent make the best mentors.
Reverent women are submissive and humble, according to Webster’s Dictionary of 1828. Part of the definition reads “a reverent posture in prayer.” When I read those words, a vision of a woman on her knees, silently pouring her heart out to the Lord as she seeks His strength, flashed before my eyes. The solitary figure is communing with her Maker, submitting her life to Him. As the years slip by, the relationship between them continues to grow deeper and deeper. She recognizes, now is a time to put away childish ways.
Two things I often heard from my mother’s mouth. “Act your age.” And, “You’re old enough to know better.” Gratefully, my mom lived long enough for us to have an adult relationship. However, the older I got, the more I heard those sayings came from her lips. Moms are always moms. And they’re usually right, as was my mother when she uttered those words to me. She was my mentor, a woman who was reverent of the Lord.
Reverent women know better.
Reverent women understand the consequences of actions. Typically, they’ve lived long enough to experience what younger women are currently going through. Older moms know how to survive the sleepless nights and thankless days:
“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9 NIV)
God’s provision is what helped them persevere. They’ve faced the bitter nights of the soul and found Jesus.
Submissive and humble is not the same as meek and mild. When we come before the Lord with a heart of contrition, we gain His strength. We understand the battles we are to fight and the ones to avoid. He gives us the direction we need when we don’t know. In the face of our enemies, He is victorious.
And we are to share what we learn with others. Wisdom comes as we walk with the Lord. When you meet a woman who walks with a humble spirit and submissive heart, learn from her. Ask her over for coffee. Begin a Bible study with her. Pursue a relationship; find out how she handles the pressures of life. When you do, she’ll lead you to Jesus.
Find a mentor, learn from them. In return, mentor someone. Life’s circle is never-ending.
Question of the Day:
Who is mentoring you, who are you mentoring?