“She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.” Proverbs 31:13
As a ranch wives (even if you’re not a ranch wife ;)) we spend a lot of time working with our hands. Cooking for our families, taking care of the house, fixing fence, working cows, feeding animals, etc.
All tasks that, once you get used to them, can feel… mundane.
We can find ourselves going through the motions: get the kids dressed and fed, put the pesky calves back in the pasture, start the laundry, chase the chicken out of the house, go feed or check cattle, get back home and try to hurry and do all the laundry.
Sometimes, I drag my feet. Sometimes, I DON’T have a good attitude about my work.
But that’s not what God wants for me- for us. Throughout the Bible, He tells us over and over about the value of hard work and a good attitude.
The Proverbs 31 chapter talks about this several times.
Verse 13, “She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.”
~She doesn’t work with begrudging or slow hands. She works with eager hands. How often do we drag a task out that could be done so much quicker if we actually applied ourselves?
Verse 17, “She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.”
~She works hard and with energy. God doesn’t want us to merely work, He wants us to do our best. He wants us to work vigorously and eagerly, to tackle a task with an eager mind.
Back to verse 15a, “She gets up while it is still dark;”
~The Proverbs 31 woman works long days as I’m sure all of you can relate. She’s an energetic worker who puts in a LOT of hours. Those of you who are parents can especially relate to this.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I am not the energizer bunny. Somedays, I want to curl up on my couch with a good book and a huge mug of coffee and let someone else work eagerly and vigorously.
This is an attitude problem- not an energy problem. I’ve been sleep deprived for a few years now, thanks to young kids. There are some days where I work eagerly on an hour or two of sleep. Other days, I’ll have gotten a longer stretch of sleep and think that I’d like to not do anything constructive that day. But as wives and mothers we are setting that example for our kids. We need to teach them to work eagerly EVEN on the days we don’t feel like it.
No matter what we feel like that day, we can still pray and ask the Lord to help us have the right attitude and the energy for our work. We can ask Him for the help to work eagerly like the Proverbs 31.
This is what we want to teach our children, that we can do it if we rely on Him to help us. Because that’s ultimately what He wants from us: to rely on Him in all things.