Elisabeth Eliott writes this about Titus 2.3-5:
â€œIt would help younger women to know there are a few listening ears when they don’t know what to do with an uncommunicative husband, a 25-pound turkey, or a two-year-old’s tantrum.
It is doubtful that the Apostle Paul had in mind Bible classes or seminars or books when he spoke of teaching younger women. He meant the simple things, the everyday example, the willingness to take time from oneâ€™s own concerns to pray with the anxious mother, to walk with her the way of the cross–with its tremendous demands of patience, selflessness, lovingkindness–and to show her, in the ordinariness of Monday through Saturday, how to keep a quiet heart.
These lessons will come perhaps most convincingly through rocking a baby, doing some mending, cooking a supper, or cleaning a refrigerator. Through such an example, one young woman–single or married, Christian or not–may glimpse the mystery of charity and the glory of womanhood.â€ ( — “A Woman’s Mandate”)
I thought this picture of an “older woman” was so inspiring. It’s the woman I want to grow up to be.
But I was more than just inspired; I was reminded immediately of a woman I know and admire: Mrs. Nordberg. Our culture would say that she’s entered a season of life where she can really enjoy herself — in fact, she deserves it. (Haven’t you come to hate that word?) Her children are all grown and out of the house. She should be lavishing her time on none other than herself, says popular thinking. But instead, she recognizes an opportunity to sow in a very involved way into the lives of younger women. She rocks their babies and cooks their meals, strengthens their weary hands and feeble knees, and prays with faith when they cannot. She’s aware of the demands on their time, energy, and emotions, and she thoughtfully and tangibly shows them Christ. And that’s how it should be. That’s how God designed it.
And it’s a truly beautiful design.