I’m reading a book right now; the author of this book lives in Japan. (I’m going to tell you about the book perhaps in my next blog.) But I wanted to share that I was taken back when this author described one of her clients has having a dream of “a more feminine lifestyle.”
It sounded to strange to my ears, (yes, I read it out loud to myself just to hear how strange it sounded!) I realized that American women have been robbed. We have been robbed of the joy of being feminine.
We have been led to believe (by whom, I’m not exactly sure), that being feminine is being inferior. We should be like men, and then we will be “equal.”
What is missing from this piece of poor logic is that if a woman tries to be like a man, she will always be weaker, because (to state the obvious), she is not a man!
Men have certain strengths and women have certain strengths, and of course abilities and qualities vary greatly from individual to individual.
I could write a book on the subject, but let me get to the point: God has made women to reflect a part of Himself. In the account of creation in Genesis 1:27, it says,
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. NIV
Women are meant to show forth a part of God and a certain kind of strength and ability that no man could ever match. That is why if we as women are afraid to be “feminine,” we will never realize the strength, the unique giftings that we possess in our soul and in our person.
I would never challenge a man to an arm wrestling match. I would very likely lose. But as a woman, I possess strengths that the strongest man in the world could never compete against.
So instead of reflecting on how I can be more like a man, I like to reflect on what exactly it means to be a woman, and how I can…yes…be more feminine. Because when I am feminine I am strong in revealing a part of God Himself, that only I as a woman am able to reveal.