Leading the Way

man and woman shaking hands near the window

There is a game people play where one person pantomimes a word or phrase to a group attempting to get them to guess the word. There are more days than I can remember I feel like I’m playing that guessing game. It may have to do with what would God want me to do, or it may have to do with balancing what needs to be done and how does it need to be done?

If there were a chart that showed my progression would I find that I think I’m advancing only to change directions in midstream? And actually, at the end, I’m standing in one spot not going anywhere.

Finding something that hasn’t been told? I had my manuscript accepted at a Christian writers service and was given a free sample copy of a short publication of articles.

At the point I had been accepted I felt discouraged and decided everything I had written or was going to write had already been written, therefore I didn’t need to write anymore. I could sit the next millennial out, thank you.

However, one of the first articles in the free publication addressed that very discouragement. For those who had the view that everything had already been written they would write, who knows that the way you say it, or the way you write it will trigger the heart response in someone? It may have been written before, but not by you, and not in your words.

My father-in-law more than once said I was born a hundred years too late. That was because since my grandparents raised me I’ve lived life in between. Grandpa had horses and a tractor that he used to farm his land. In early seasons of my life, he used horses for his farm work. In later years he had a VAC Case tractor that we used. He was content to live on a small farm and farm the old way.

I mention that only because it gave me a different perspective. My life was transitional. My sister and I didn’t know from one minute to the next. Our mother was a single mom and the only stable foundation we had was that farm and our grandparents but Jackie and I loved it there.

Fast forward to a grown-up world, and I could see the difference between families with a mother and father compared to how I was raised. I could see how important an in-home/homemaker was compared to how I was raised. I could also see through the hypocrisy of what we were being fed.

We have in this new generation what they call influencers. In my life, I’ve not been born one hundred years too late, but seventy-five years too early. In my day most everyone in my sphere didn’t want to hear it.

I’ve presented scriptures and articles on a variety of subjects, including self-determining modest versus immodest clothing. Determining good versus evil. Marriage who, what, when, and how. Being in subjection for wives, honoring your spouse for both. Older women teaching younger women. Why is it important for women to be keepers in the home? Loving your husband and loving Jesus/God—to name a few subjects.

Scriptures such as (1) I Peter 3:1-6 on honoring and being in subjection to husbands, and wearing modest clothing. (2) Ephesians 4:20-25  Learning Christ and putting on the new person of holiness (3) Titus 2:3-5 on older women teaching, on love, and homes (4) John 1:1-51 on the beauty and majesty of scripture, and of God and Jesus (John 1:1-2) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.

What I have found is that no amount of scripture will influence either believers or unbelievers to do what they don’t want to do.

Most believers know that it behooves men and women of faith to wear modest clothing, or to be modest in their behavior, but—those who want to follow God will follow God, and to the rest, believers and unbelievers, those scriptures don’t apply to them.

Neither life nor people have changed much in the last ten thousand years.

2Timothy 4:

“1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”