There are billions of women in this world. Why her?
I was asked that question several times. And I answered, “Why not?”
My long years of experience in interacting with people gives me the observation that many beautiful individuals are also insecure. It’s almost like you see the mythical Narcissus in a feminine form or Lucifer’s perfect beauty fall.
Of course, it’s great to be beautiful on the inside and outside. But it made me realize that true beauty comes from within. It is deeper than skin.
Perhaps, you’ve heard the adage, “Behind the success of a man is a woman.” It’s also true that “Behind the fall of every man is another woman.”
It reminds me why the book of Proverbs ended up with a woman.
Let me paraphrase how the Bible describes “the virtuous woman”–and hope to inspire wives and daughters to be like one.
1. She Characterize Beauty from Within.
The real essence of beauty is the inner character of the person. The wise king once said, “A wife of noble character who can find?”
But how does a virtuous woman looks like? Here it is.
This ancient king described the virtuous wife with a character as more precious than pieces of jewelry and her husband is fully confident on her. She is the treasure, not a treasure-hunter.
All her life, she lacks nothing of value and brings good to her husband and not harm.
2. She’s a Complement to Her Husband.
The woman of virtue clothes her family and eagerly works. Like merchant ships bringing food from afar, she feeds her family. She rises early to prepare and provide food for her family. It may include supporting the house-help.
To some extent, the woman of character is entrepreneurial as she considers a field and buys it. She is financially resourceful, productive, and works hard and smart. Through her effort, she is profitable in her trade.
All the times, the virtuous woman watches her family. She’s usually busy in her home than somewhere else; she’s also open to helping the poor and needy. Whatever the seasons of times may bring, she is confident in the security and comfort of her family.
3. She’s a Crown of Glory to Her Family.
The godly woman may not be over-fashionable, at least, she dresses well. She chooses or makes quality garments, and may be business-minded or into sales in meeting and supplying the needs of people.
The real beauty of a woman of character is being clothed with strength and dignity. She has the final laugh over women without a moral standard.
Her words are full of wisdom and faithful instruction for her children. She attentively sees the concerns of her family and does not encourage laziness and slothfulness.
In effect, the godly woman’s husband is deeply admired in the community or city. His leadership is established as the family is blessed. As such, her husband praises her, “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
When time passes by and the external beauty has changed, when youthfulness has faded and the strength is gone, everything shall be made known.
The conclusion is still inevitable.
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”
So, why her?
Well, why not?
That virtuous lady is my friend, my lover, my partner–God’s most precious gift for me and my family. She’s my wife.
And my daughter would love to be just like her when she grows up. So, why not?
Glenn Plastina (c) 2017