The movie Courageous puts a lot of focus on the role of the man, the husband, the father in the home. True – men are the leaders in God’s eyes and are accountable to Him for how they treat their wives and children. Women are also responsible to God for the roles they play. I’ve heard and read comments about what that all means for women. Never have I read in the Bible that women are beneath men or are inferior or are the weaker gender. That’s all human erroneous interpretation. God created men and women equal, but with differences, physically and emotionally. The wires might be the same but they spark differently and they are the life and breath of the individual.
There is too much focus on the differences and not enough on the sameness. If we could focus on how we can support each other at home and at work instead of competing, our lives would be more productive. If we could look at ourselves and compare ourselves with ourselves we would grow increasingly better and excel in areas where we put our passions. By comparing ourselves with others, whether men or women, we whittle away our inspiration and creativity. We spend our energy and precious resources in fruitless attempts to measure up to someone elses standards.
For the best life experience, let’s look inward and be ourselves so that we are living the life we were meant to live, whether as a strong woman or a strong man. We are called to be who we are, not who someone else says we should be. God created individuals, all with unique characteristics, ambitions, talents, and yes – personalities. There is no such thing as perfect, but we can be perfectly who God meant us to be. I love some of the words of the song Courageous by Casting Crowns: Seek Justice, Love Mercy, Walk humbly with our God. We can’t do any of those things if we are focused on who is better instead of rising up to be better than we were yesterday and better tomorrow than today.
Be blessed and better today.