Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 10, 2019
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Titus 2:3-5
Women have an obligation and opportunity to train other women. This is necessary for the development of mature disciples of Christ. Training goes beyond teaching. Teaching tells you why and what you need to do. Training shows you how to do what needs to be done. Training takes time and patience. It is moving two steps forward and taking one step back. A trainer does not give up on the trainee when they fail. Instead, they hang in there and help them over the bumps in the road. Women need to communicate the need for training, before training can take its full effect. Someone who is hungry for training will seek out a trainer in the ways of God. So, you may be approached because the fruit of your husband, children, and home are rich and luscious. Do not dismiss the interest of another woman to learn from you.
Your potential trainee is not looking for perfection. She is looking for someone who is honest with her mistakes, someone who can transfer her wisdom to an eager learner. Your posture as a trainer of other women is one of a fellow learner. The trainer learns as much or more as the trainee. You do not have to look very far to find trainee candidates. Start with your family and friends. Daughters and nieces are good people to begin with. Show them how to handle money. Expose them to tools and resources that teach them how to spend, save, and give their money wisely. Walk them through ways to reign in impulsive spending and replace it with a spending plan (a budget!). Your financial training will be a life-long gift, which will help them preclude the pain of unwise debt and financial bondage.
Train women in the priority of purity. Nothing does more to instill confidence and attractiveness than having a pure mind and body. Model for them a definition of beauty that is from the inside out. Train them to be smart and wise in the ways of God. Unpack the Bible for them in an inviting way. Show them its relevance and its ability to provide truth and instruction for life. Train them in respect for their husband. Wise is the woman who disagrees with her husband respectfully. A man will receive a woman’s concerns if delivered at the right time in the right way.
Train women first and foremost to love God and to embrace Him as their heavenly Father. A woman who allows her heavenly Father to love her can more effectively love her earthly father. He loves her body, soul, and spirit. Train women in forgiveness. Forgiveness heals hurt. Hurt unchecked in a heart eats away at joy. Hurt that perpetually hangs out in the heart brings illness and emotional fatigue. Train them to let go before the hurt drives them to a life of shattered and unproductive relationships. Lastly, train women to train other women. They will become more accountable in their own actions as they train other women. Training is for a lifetime. It is a big part of God’s plan in faith maturity and mentorship. Train well. One day you will receive an encouraging note of gratitude from one of your trainees. This makes it all very, very worthwhile. Be trained, and then train others.
The Scripture teaches, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men [and women] who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2).
Heavenly Father, thank you for women who have trained me in your ways, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Who needs my intentional investment of time and love, and who do I need to lean into and learn from?
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