Last week, I shared about the “Strong Woman vs. Woman of Strength” poem that has spread widely on the internet. Here are my own thoughts, but comparing three women. I don’t think any of us are entirely one “type of woman,” but writing these out helped me evaluate my own failings in the life-long quest of seeking to have a heart after God. I’d welcome your feedback.
The World’s Wonder Woman finds value in being adored.
The Weak Woman values being pitied.
The Wise Woman takes her value from being loved by the Father (1 John 4:9).
The World’s Wonder Woman acquires things for status.
The Weak Woman hoards things for security.
The Wise Woman receives things for the eventual blessing of sharing (Proverbs 11:25).
The World’s Wonder Woman wants to control the future.
The Weak Woman fears the future.
The Wise Woman trusts God with the future, depending on Him to be a refuge, strength, and help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).
The World’s Wonder Woman manipulates people for her gain.
The Weak Woman wants people to meet her neediness.
The Wise Woman gives of herself to others (Proverbs 31:20).
The World’s Wonder Woman resists adversity.
The Weak Woman whines about her adversity.
The Wise Woman looks to God in adversity, giving thanks in all circumstances as helping her grow spiritually (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
The World’s Wonder Woman drops people who offend or oppose her.
The Weak Woman broods over people who offend or oppose her.
The Wise Woman loves people who offend or oppose her, seeking to show that love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).
The World’s Wonder Woman hurtles toward her goals.
The Weak Woman gives up on her goals.
The Wise Woman seeks God’s counsel for her goals, then presses on: “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (Philippians 3:12).
The World’s Wonder Woman considers time a commodity in her planner.
The Weak Woman fritters away time.
The Wise Woman invests her time in serving God and gaining a heart of wisdom (Psalms 90:12).
Copyright © by Jeanne Zornes 2011