To be perfectly frank, I don't need another to-do list that makes me feel inadequate as a woman. As if I require another yardstick of perfection to which I am continually being compared! Yet that is what Proverbs 31: 10-31 has been to me: a load of unreasonably heavy expectations taught to me by men and women.
I am a better man because I listened to my Christian sisters, female disciples who’ve met Jesus. Jesus’ disciples – His future leaders – were better men because they, too, listened to a woman – Mary of Magdala. Do you want to be a better man, a better follower of the Savior or leader of His people?
Or, due to a religious bias, are you in the habit of downplaying or even dismissing what your Christian sisters have to say? You are missing an opportunity for growth that Jesus has sent your way. Jesus sends women to speak to groups of men, even His leaders. Jesus’ disciples were better leaders because they – as a group – listened to a woman who listened to Jesus and obeyed Him. I’m better because I listened. You’ll benefit in the same way.