Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Daughters of Virtue

I see beautiful, amazing, and godly young women all around me. I see the faithfulness of God in the lives of the daughters of friends who have raised them in the admonition of the Lord. I see modest young women, intelligent young women, and women much more prepared than I too be mothers and wives. I think of one such young lady, and I’m inclined to call her a “girl” because of the girls I’m accustomed to seeing in the world are just that…“girls” unprepared for the world. She is but nineteen or twenty and her beauty is amazing. Her inner beauty radiates from the inside out through her smile. Her eyes sparkle and you are drawn to her…because you know she is different. And as time goes on and you know this young lady you realize why she is different. Her father and mother have instilled her with godly principles and ideas of biblical womanhood. She is modest in her dress and speech, her diligence in work can be seen from afar, and her humility is plain.

I cannot help but think of my own self at that age. I think of the friends that walked with me through life and how if they saw me now, they could very much recognize me physically. But with a little time, they would find me not only changed but almost unrecognizable from the girl they once knew. Some could say it was the nature of life and that marriage and children took their natural course in my life. However, if they stay just a little longer, they will see it is so much more. My thinking has changed and my heart is completely new. I have truly become a new creature in Christ. I have been truly born from above. (John 1:13, 2 Corinthians 5:17)

Had I walked the earth during Jesus’ ministry, the Pharisees would have scolded Him for looking at me, speaking to me, and touching me. I would have sat at His feet and known that I was broken and in need of a Physician. I would have felt unworthy of being in His presence. However, with His great love, He would have touched my face and said, “Go, and sin no more.” (John 8, Psalm 99:5)

I can look back on my spiritual transformation and marvel at the work of God in my life. But then I take a step back and realize something about my own daughters. If we, like the parents above, instill in them a biblical worldview and godly principles, how will they ever know their need for Christ? If there is not a time in their lives where they can’t remember not knowing Christ, how will they keep from becoming like the Pharisees? Lord willing, we will in no way neglect our calling to raise our children in the admonition of the Lord. But, if each of my daughters never walk a road with sinners, how will she know that she sits just as unworthily at Jesus’ feet as I?


Lesli said...

I do not think that we have to "walk with sinners" to know our need of a Savior. Part of raising our children in the admonition of the Lord is teaching them that they are unworthy and showing them that in our daily lives and confessions. The Pharisees claimed to know God but they did not know Him and love Him. We should not shelter our children forever from the world but we are to protect them and teach them and Lord willing, they will never have to experience some of the pain and heartaches that we have endured because of our own sin and rebellion. We should pray that God will open their eyes and show them their sin and their need of a Savior and that our children will fall face down before Him. And btw Michelle, YOU are a beautiful daughter of Christ!

Jama said...

I've been thinking about your post since I read this morning and wondering how to respond. I checked back to see if anyone else had left a comment. Now I can just say "ditto" to what Lesli said.

Tracy said...

I've always hoped my kids will have "boring testimonies"; that the beauty of what they say will not be in the sharp contrast of their before and after God story, but in the fact that God spared them the heartache of seeking after sin. It's such a beautiful thing to read how you are so purposeful in how you're raising your children.

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