Now that the holidays are over my routine feels good. I've spent a lot of time organizing and such. It's nice to feel a sense of order.
I've been doing a lot of thinking about direction lately. It's so easy to let life just move you along. In order to not end up where I don't want to be I'm applying some steering a bit more purposefully lately. I've been thinking about all the different things that Proverbs 31 lists when defining a virtuous woman. Letting life just push you wherever is not one of them.
Some people I know have accused me, on occasion, of trying to "control things". Their belief is that we really have no control over what happens to us. I vehemently disagree with that way of living. I have come to see, quite clearly, that those who believe that they have no control over anything end up accomplishing nothing and helping no one. They are very self centered and self serving. That is not something I'm willing to be know as. I want to be known as someone who sees clearly and then responds with action. I believe that the Proverbs 31 woman doesn't just hide in her house waiting for people to serve her. She goes out and does the serving. Not for praise or thanks. Her reasons are to lighten a burden for someone else. And she doesn't grumble all along the way as she is serving. She serves with a cheerful heart. She's not a cheerleader. She doesn't draw attention to herself. She just does and then goes back to her home and continues on with her own day.
I am continually drawn to Proverbs 31. Why? I'm not exactly sure. But the one thing I know is that when I follow the leading I am led to incredible places.