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A SELF DISCIPLINE WIFE OF NOBLE CHARACTER TEACHES US WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A LEADER

A SELF DISCIPLINE WIFE OF NOBLE CHARACTER TEACHES US WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A LEADER

The Proverb 31 Woman (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Women in today’s society are undervalued and unappreciated, although they play a major role in all of our lives day in and day out.  In this lesson today, we want to demonstrate how they are at the forefront in every aspect of our lives teaching us how they use self-discipline to instill leadership in their families and the market place, at the same time providing great value to the family’s net worth, and we still undervalue what they bring to the table, and do not reward them for their many gifts.

Let us first define self-discipline and how it works:  We will define it here simply as that quality that allows a person to do what needs to be done when he or she doesn’t feel like doing it:  Toughing it out, risking an opinion, making a decision when everyone else is paralyzed by uncertainty.  In many situations other people know what to do, but are too tired or afraid or apathetic to act.  That’s when someone who is equally tired and equally afraid steps forward and does what’s needed.  This person has that elusive quality called self-discipline.  And whether from a formal or informal position in the organization, that person provides leadership.

From that basic working definition we will look at an example of a woman who exhibited great self-discipline in her own life, and reaped the rewards of her efforts.  She may be a literal woman, or she may be Wisdom personified.  Either way she teaches some important things about self-discipline and leadership.   Now as you read this poem, we encourage you to think about how you can integrate some of her character traits into your own life as a leader in your family or business.

In Proverb’s 31, King Solomon wrote the following poem about a WIFE OF NOBLE CHARACTER and this is the person we are using to demonstrate our message today.

She is a wife of noble character who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.[
She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.

Composure, presence of mind, cool headedness, patience, self-possession, restraint—only a few people display these qualities, and those who do usually make effective leaders.  This woman of NOBLE CHARACTER, displayed all of them, and in doing so, taught us a valuable lesson in what it really means to be placed in a leadership position and earn respect, never be undervalued and un-appreciated.  Therefore, if you want to be an effective leader, identify the habits you need to build into your life so you can lead with diligence—habits such as physical fitness, balance between work and home, financial and personal accountability, proactively in the workplace, and the like.  It is now time for you to strap on your shoes and get going.  Disciplined habits will give you the momentum you need to not only move forward, but also to run your earthly race with strength and purpose, and achieve success as a true leader only can.

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