“She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden. First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
 She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.” Proverbs 31:16-18 (MSG)



Proverbs 31 gives us insight into a godly woman. She was described as someone who is trustworthy and resourceful, but rarely is her work fully recognized in Christian circles. This woman was entrepreneurial. She found a field she was interested in buying, and went ahead and purchased the property. Given the time this was written, this behavior would have been unusual for a woman. Furthermore, she had already been contemplating and planning this purchase, as she had money set aside to make her purchase profitable. She not only took care of her household, she was also a savvy business woman. Yet the most valuable part of her work did not come from what she did but rather the spirit by which she did it. She knew the worth of her work. It doesn’t tell the reader that someone else told her everyday that her work was valuable. She knew in her spirit that her investment into her family, herself, and her business were worthwhile endeavors.


In light of Mother’s Day, it’s fitting for us to reflect on the the women in our lives who bless, challenge, and encourage us. Yet, it is also appropriate to expand our understanding of how this woman in Proverbs is an excellent example of understanding the spirit by which we work. Do you know the worth of your work? You might be able to calculate it by your paycheck or accolades, but those two things will never give you the satisfaction you desire. We have to cultivate and place value on the work God has called us to in this season. It applies to both men and women. It starts when we wake up in the morning and get ready to work. It’s developing an understanding of how God is using our work to grow and develop us while providing for our needs. When we sense the worth of our work, it changes everything about how we approach it. While this woman from Proverbs 31 had many attributes, she was wise because she didn’t let the mundane tasks deter her mindset. Don’t lose the sense of knowing the worth of your work. It matters.


Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002.  Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. 

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