More and more women are rising to prominent leadership roles not only in the corporate world but also in churches and para-church organizations all over the planet. Many of these women are ministering to and leading only women. While some are leading groups of men. Whether you agree with a woman in a leadership or ministerial roles is not up for debate at this point. I am merely stating the facts. With what I have seen in numerous ministry circles over the last fifteen years of my life, I am convinced that there are many routes to choose. I am not so closed minded to think that all mothers should stay home. I will not pass judgment on a family who chooses to take a route that I might not have taken or even considered when it comes to raising children. Why? Because I am not in their shoes. I don’t know their family. I don’t know their situation. And quite frankly, I’m a poor judge. Some believe that women are to be the caretakers of the children and forsake careers. There are those who believe that you should stay home with your children until they go to school and then pursue your interests. Still others believe that you can have it all…family, career, friends, ministry, you name it. Let’s discuss Proverbs 31, shall we? This Wife Of Noble Character from Proverbs 31 does many things: works with her hands, rises early, prepares food for her family, purchases land, gardens, works vigorously, trades items, and helps the poor and needy. She is also quite the seamstress and is finely dressed. She is an instructor, gives sage counsel, and rarely sits down. And with all of those tasks on her plate, she can just laugh and laugh and laugh at the days to come. How you ladies feelin’ right now? Me, too. So, if these are the noble qualities we are to strive for, what happens when those aren’t exhibited in our lives? Because I don’t purchase land or make clothes for my family or wear the finest linens. No, no. There are days, many of them, where I don’t even put on an ounce of make-up. In fact, if the clothes I wear the day before didn’t really get dirty because, say, I DIDN’T ACTUALLY LEAVE MY HOUSE, I might just put them on again. Just to be frugal and not run the dad gum washing machine so much, you understand. What about the woman who isn’t married? She’s not a wife. How can she clothe children she doesn’t have? And the woman who can’t have children, or better yet, doesn’t desire to be a mother, is she out of luck? How about the family where the husband LOVES to cook and the wife doesn’t? And honestly, not all women like to garden. Tis true. Why do we think that women should only serve in the church nursery or sit behind an organ? Those are mighty fine areas of service and extremely valuable, but there are plenty of other places for women to minister. Please don’t misunderstand my intent behind writing this post. I am not mocking this passage in any way. I love the Word of God. I am confident that it is not in the Bible by accident. All of this to say. Be you. Be the remarkable, godly, amazing woman, or man, God has created you to be. Whoever that is. The Creator of the universe made sure that the sun was a certain distance from the earth so that we would not burn up. I am quite certain that He did not make a mistake with you. Be you.