TEACH THE YOUNGER WOMEN
As someone who has both attended and organised Christian-inspired events for women, I know how empowering and spiritually encouraging such events can be. Women can walk in feeling lonely, sad, depressed or in need of information to help solve a life issue or embark on a God-inspired project. However, they often leave with a friend — joyous, uplifted and equipped with a strategy that answers the problem they have.
That’s how I felt after attending the Authentic Woman luncheon — a ministry event hosted by Andrea Graham. Being amongst positive women reminded me why I love women’s ministry events so much.
The book of Titus states very clearly that the older women must teach the younger women – and rightly so. Older women have so much wisdom to share.
In the days of the Early Church, it’s clear from Scripture that older women taught the younger women how to be good wives, mothers and followers of Jesus. In these modern times, where women occupy a multiplicity of roles, it’s imperative that older women broaden the type of information they teach younger women — and recognise they can learn from them too.
I believe it’s essential for older women to not only pray into the lives of younger women but also serve as their cheerleaders, mentors and coaches.
Whilst Millennials and Gen Z may be amongst the most intelligent young people the world has ever seen, nothing can beat learning from the wisdom of those who have been there, done that and bought — and worn! — the T-shirt. Older women can share insights on how to remain true to the faith, despite life’s challenges, obstacles and temptations; teach on how to negotiate or challenge racism; and increasingly share with young women how to find a life partner. This last point is very important; statistics maintain that 65% of Black women are single.
We can create opportunities to share with young women, via one-to-one conversations, small group settings or at women’s meetings, conferences or retreats.
I’m at that age where I am doing a lot of reflecting on my time growing up and coming into womanhood in the Church. In the main, I’ve had positive experiences with the older women in church and want younger women who come into my orbit to have a similar experience.
It’s a blessing to be able to inspire and empower younger women to be all that God has called them to be. So if God gives you the opportunity to encourage a young woman, take it. They’ll be grateful for it when they reach your age.
CONTENTMENT IS PRICELESS
I recently watched an inspiring BBC news story about Ranjit Singh, a bus driver based in the West Midlands who enjoys his job so much, he did a music video about it so that his relatives in India could learn more about what he did for a living. He also wanted to celebrate the different nationalities based at his bus depot.
I found the news report refreshing, especially as we live in an age and attend churches where we are encouraged to dream big; reach for the stars; chase after the big pay cheque; aim for the high-status job; or become a celebrity.
It was nice to watch a story about a worker, excited about a job that not many people would aspire to do. Although a bus driver’s job may be low on the glamour and status scale for some, driving a bus is an important job, especially for the many people like me — who don’t have a car.
It was also apparent that Ranjit was content.
The Bible talks a lot about contentment. Hebrews 13:5 says: ‘Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”’ And in Philippians 4:11 the Apostle Paul wrote:‘I have learned, in whatever situation I am, to be content.’
There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious, setting goals and showing respect to high achievers. It’s also important, though, to give honour to people who have a heart to serve in jobs and roles that may be deemed as lowly to some, but which are important and necessary for society or even a church to run smoothly.
WORLDLINESS AND CHRISTIANITY DON’T MIX
Scripture makes it clear that Christians are to steer clear of worldliness.
1 John 2:15 states: ‘Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.’
Worldliness is an attitude and mindset characterised by selfish ambition, superficiality and a desire to be ‘with it’ or ‘moving with the times’, which can often mean embracing philosophies and thought patterns totally at odds with Scripture.
It’s worth noting that the Early Church made such an impact because its ethos and core values were totally at odds with the prevailing culture. The Church was the antithesis of worldliness.
If we want to be considered as Christlike, it’s imperative we guard our hearts against worldliness and reject it in all the forms in which it raises its ugly head. Worldly believers are enemies of God, and should develop a mindset so that their heavenly Father will consider them to be His friend.
Written by: Marci Dixon MBE