Yesterday a proverbial “glass ceiling” was shattered in the political and historical realm. A landmark moment for women of the world as a new position was taken by a female that has never been before. The liberal left and the conservative right alike are condoning and celebrating the sexual identity of the person who holds the second highest office in our government now. In the next breath, we are invalidating the need for gender roles and equating each of us to be whatever our feelings tell us we want to be. So which is it?
I cannot even begin or attempt to compete with the thoughts and blogs and outbursts from both sides. At the very least, I can promote leveled thought to an oversaturated world-of-words. My thoughts matter no more than yours or the next person, but I hope that one day they will matter to the daughters I am raising in this already chaotic and blasphemous country.
I am sorry. I am grieved that we have left you with the scattered remnants of falsehoods that this broken world deems as truth. We are called as Believers to be salt and light; I fear that we have seasoned the world with sweets instead. We have created a surface-level culture where feelings matter more than conviction and even the commandments and lessons of the Scriptures have become archaic to the modern church. We leave you with feel-good culture, void of all repentance, and it seems harder every day to stand-firm for that which is pure and holy. I ache for you. I pray for healing over this land.
As you grow, I hope you know you have every fiber of my being supporting you. I hope you select your choices in life with the intent of serving-up joy to others, in the mirrored image of Christ, whatever that path may be. I hope you know that whether you choose to run in a mine-field of explosive politics with intent to be the voice for the least-of-these, you do so with integrity and character. I hope that you lead, not follow, with great example whether in small-group or a great nation.
But more than anything? I want you to know that you are enough. That Jesus calls you to His sacred throne of Sovereign Grace over-and-over with hopes that whatever your gifts, talents and calling on your life may be? …May you use them to teach others about His Kingdom to come. He tells you to go, to make disciples, to love your neighbor, but He also reiterates the blessing bestowed on you for the grace-filled, (unseen-by-the-world) task of loving your family well, day-in and day-out.
Dearest, we have lost the most important moral compass in this country. We have told women that in order to be praised and exalted you must accomplish great feats and shatter worldly ceilings; that you must prove yourself with your works and worth over-and-over. Jesus tells you to come to Him, that He is your solid foundation; the government will be on His shoulders. He is above earthly courts and seated in the highest heavens. Your arms are to aim for Him, beyond all ceilings, beyond recognition, surpassing fame for the sake of healing and repentance, for wholeness. Do not be mistaken that we serve the One who is not in the business of breaking things, but rather is the One Who binds our wounds and makes all things new.
Wrap your arms around those around you, surround yourself with His Living Word and Breath. Read your Bible. No matter how many books, theologians, scholars or influencers may intend to promote harmless rhetoric, the only true compass is that of the written words of God in the Holy Bible…Words meant for refining, for purpose and for conviction. Do not be mistaken, God is love, but He is the same God who destroyed cities with fire and brimstone and in His very own words is a jealous and vengeful God. Be found in fear for the Creator; because only then will you begin to touch on the profound wisdom of His majesty. Find deep conviction in the ways of the world and be sure to exult your praise to no one more than the only Savior who ever cared enough to die for you.
Can I just remind you of what God says specifically about you, Daughters?
Strength and honor are her clothing.
She shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom.
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed.
Her husband also, and he praises her.
Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing.
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.
Do you see it yet? You do not need to break ceilings. You do not need to be seen by the world to be validated for the work you complete inside (or outside) the walls of your home. Your heart is seen by the One who formed you in your mother’s womb.
He validates you. He calls you by your name. He redeems you. You are worth far more than rubies.
You are a…
Daughter of the King.
Scripture References: Matthew 5:13-16, Matthew 25:40, Matthew 28:18-20, Isaiah 9:6, Psalm 147:3, Isaiah 43:18, Genesis 19:24, Nahum 1:2, Proverbs 9:10, Proverbs 31: 25-31