Saturday, September 26, 2009

I Feel Like A Woman

A good friend of mine recently, brought to my attention a question about womanhood. Actually it's more of the perception of what being a woman truly embodies. Style, poise, beauty and femininity are often words that we hear to describe women. However, that is just scratching the surface. What about those things within that determine our womanhood. Characteristics like strength, courage, wisdom, and a gentle spirit.

In today's society it is the outward appearance that gives merit to how women are defined. If we wear stilettos over flats we're deemed sexier. If the clothing that we wear is couture than we're considered fashionable. Television, print and radio paint pictures of women that in most cases have nothing to do with our inner selves. Unfortunately, that mode of thinking has us all running around like mad trying to fit into society's ideology of a woman.

That being said, here's what a much higher authority has to say about women...

"She is clothed with strength and honor..."

"She opens her mouth with wisdom and loving instruction is on her tongue..."

"Charm is destructive and beauty is deceitful but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised."

"A generous woman gains honor..."

"Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman who rejects discretion."

"Who can find a virtuous woman, for her price is far above rubies."

Our sense of sight makes it hard to view ourselves and others; from the inside out instead of the outside in. I challenge you all to look at yourselves for who you really are. When you take away the make-up, fancy clothes and sweet smelling perfume what are you left with? Do you have a peaceful inner being that radiates outwardly showing your true beauty? Or are you riddled with pessimism and cynicism; overall a negative person despite physical beauty.

The lesson here is that our womanhood should not be measured by how we fill out a pair of jeans or carry ourselves amongst the elite. It is our character and what we stand for that make us real women.