Tuesday, September 6

Daughters of Wisdom: What Will You Be Known For?

This summer, I was blessed with the opportunity to go on a campaign as a chaperone and led the young girl's Bible devotionals at night. We were spending the week in the book of Acts, and each night, I tried to make at least one application from the text we'd read that would really hit home to young women. On one of the very first nights, we had just read through Acts 1-4. I challenged the girls to look closely at Acts 4:36, 37: "And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet."

Now, when you were little, did anyone ever ask you what you wanted to be when you grow up? I still get some form of that same question while walking around campus: What's your major? What do you intend on doing with your life? My usual answer is to become an English teacher. But when I was looking at these young girls, and remembering being asked all my life about what I wanted to be, I made them do some heavy soul searching to answer a question we might not think of asking young people today.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE KNOWN FOR?

Well, technically speaking, I asked them to tell me what they would want to be the daughter of, and why. It all boils down to reputation. We always stress the importance of building a reputation, but I don't think that it really sank in for me until I thought about it in this way. If we want our children to rise up and call us blessed, and for our works to praise us at the gates, we have to start NOW! (Proverbs 31: 28-31) Children are trained to be obedient and thankful, and reputations take time to build.

The girls gave me great answers and backed their answers up with scripture, like I asked. And, as I always like to do in an open discussion, I ended with my remarks last. I explained to them that one day, I hoped to be the daughter of wisdom. At the ripe old age of nineteen, I've already made more mistakes than I'd like to admit. They weigh on my mind daily, and that's a weight I wish I had never gotten. So, in order to try and fix my wrongs, I wanted to teach as many people as I could to start working toward their goals now, and not lose sight of them, because the minute you look away, you lose your way. I showed them some of the characteristics I'd like to have one day, referencing Proverbs 8 where wisdom speaks truth and is valuable to those who find her. She has understanding and strength (vs. 14). I wanted to be just like this "woman" of the Bible! She sounds like a joy to count in your company, and a blessing to all she surrounds herself with!

And as I ended our devotional, I showed the girls my favorite Bible verse, one that took me years to pick, and hopefully many more to apply.

Psalms 90:12- "So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom."

If we don't understand that the time we have on this earth is limited, we won't even begin to set goals for ourselves, let alone be known for anything! So, why not be known for something that will have an eternal effect! Choose to number your days, and make wise decisions so that you may be known as a daughter of Wisdom.

4 comments:

  1. I love this, Whitney! What a beautiful picture of wisdom. Thanks so much for sharing these thoughts! I can't wait to read more. :)

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  2. 1. Your layout is perfect for your blog! I love it.
    2. Your going to be a great writer. Oh wait, you already are! And a great teacher - Bible and English.

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  3. whoa! I wish I was able to convey my thoughts to others as well as you do!

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  4. I love that: "What do you want to be known for?"
    A deep thought for sure!

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