I had a curious experience this week. I went out with a new group of people that I met through a friend. This group was comprised of people ages 24-35. I was the youngest person there.
Through the evening as we were all getting to know one another the usual questions were asked:
Where did you go to school?
What did you major in?
What do you do?
Are you dating anyone?
What do you want to do "when you grow up"?
I used to avoid questions like these. I really don't like to talk about myself and to be completely honest there was a time when I found it embarrassing. I didn't understand God's plan for my life, so every single choice felt like something that I had to second-guess.
That isn't true anymore.
I know God's plan for my life. I understand my calling. So, when these 20 and 30 something year old people asked me where I am going and what I am doing I was able to answer. I was so excited about the chance to tell my peers what God has placed on my heart!
They did not respond as I imagined they would.
As we sat finishing our meal one of the men in the group looked at me and said, "Ok, if you could do anything in the world, what would you want to do?"
My first response without hesitation was: a wife and mother.
I believe God called me to minister to children with unique needs. I am a nanny and I pursing a teaching certification, but I believe that is just temporary. I believe the reason I am here is to be a helpmeet to my husband and to raise my family based on biblical principals; teaching my children at home and investing in their futures. I am called to be a Christian homemaker.
You would have thought I said that I wanted to be the newest member of the traveling circus. The responses were everything from "Your're too smart for that" to "40 years of feminism, what a waste".
Can you imagine my disappointment?
I won't lie, it hurt at first. It stung to hear people my own age mock my choice.
I am confident in who God has called me to be. I don't want to be a Hilary Clinton, a Carrie Bradshaw, a Jessica Valenti, or a Meredith Grey. I want to be a Proverbs 31 woman!
Christian women, we need to pull together and support one another in our walks with Christ. We need to adhere to what we are taught in Titus 2: 3-5 where older women are told to teach the younger women. Younger women we need to allow the older women to teach us. This is not only a chance for education, this is a chance for fellowship and encouragement. This is where we have to support each other and stand up for our choice to live a godly life, set apart from the world.