Something to ponder . . .

When widowhood or anything else alters a woman’s life, the center of her identity doesn’t disintegrate, for she is not defined or redefined by circumstances, relationships, her resume, or public opinion. God defines her. If you looked up “woman” in God’s dictionary, you’d find the definition he set down as he drew up plans for the very first woman. He defined the woman as follows : “Image bearer; created in God’s image and likeness; called to be fruitful and multiply, to rule and subdue.” It’s the same kingdom definition that he gave to the man. . . . It ascribes to women and girls the highest value imaginable. . . .

A woman’s high calling as God’s image bearer renders her incapable of insignificance, no matter what has gone wrong in her life or how much she has lost. Even if her community shoves her aside, turns a deaf ear to the sound of her voice, or regards her as invisible—even if she is forced into a passive role in the community—she remains vital to God’s purposes and is a solid contributor anyway. She simply cannot be stopped.

The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules

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2 Responses to Something to ponder . . .

  1. Sheryl says:

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Thank you. Thank you for your commitment to defining women as God does! As individuals, as image bearers and persons whose hope is well founded in God despite their circumstances. Today I needed to your words.


  2. Debra Anderson says:

    I preached at my church today on the 4th chapter of Ruth. I have read your book twice.
    I am the second woman to preach in the history of our 30+ year old church. Things are (slowly) moving in the direction of mutuality.
    I am filled with gratitude that you have been and continue to be a knowledgeable guide, grounded in truth and hope.


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