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THE PARADIGM SERIES

"A PARADIGM FOR MOTHERHOOD "

Part IV
TITUS 2:3-5
(To God Be The Glory)
Luke 1:46
Cp I Samuel 2:1-10
Betty J. Winters

The saga, "A Paradigm for Motherhood" continues. After reading Luke 1:46, I settled on the sub-topic, "To God Be The Glory." More often then we would like to admit, we find ourselves using the statement, "it's not about me," inferring that God is in the midst of our circumstance; good, bad, or indifferent. Seemingly, the aforesaid statement allows us to depict spirituality. If the truth were told, we must admit that we use this testimonial very loosely because we don't internalize the gravity of what we are saying. If we are not prayerful, we will find ourselves being caught up with the "what ifs" and subsequently invite God to come into our WORLD and make us happy instead of focusing on the Biblical principles of the WORD, asking God how to come into His world and glorify Him. IN TRUTH IT IS ABOUT GOD AND NOT YOU!

There is one other woman who is worthy of inclusion in this discussion; that woman is Hannah. Mary, Elizabeth, and Hannah are women who sought to be totally in God's world and give Him the glory for all that He did for them. Mary realized that God had a bigger plan for her life-bigger than her personal agenda. Elizabeth and Hannah, though struck with sadness because of their barrenness, were not barren in their spirits. Mary's song, the Magnificat (Lk. 1:46-55) echoes the words of Hannah in I Samuel 2:1-10. These women are the examples for the older woman to remind the younger woman, that no matter what state they find themselves, their agendas are of less importance than God's, and they should glorify Him in every situation.

Herein, are a few reminders that the older woman should instill in the younger woman. The younger woman should be taught that a humble spirit replaces a prideful heart. What if Mary had taken the attitude that if Elizabeth wanted to see the mother of the Lord, she should come to Nazareth? Mary had a teachable spirit as evidenced in her humility. Each of these women accepted what God had in store for them and gave Him the glory. The younger woman must be taught that older woman/younger woman relationships are not for the purpose of possessiveness. Neither is to try to define each other, but rather each is to be defined by their relationship to God.

I am convinced that a major setback with older women and younger women is that of resentment. Older women trying to make themselves look better at the expense of the younger sister by criticizing actions and choices; younger women wanting a relationship that involves the older woman, but really desirous of what the older woman is doing, rather than being appreciative of what and who they are. Remember, when we resent each other, we are only setting up barriers that will cause us as women to miss each other. Mary and Elizabeth were women in different stages of life, but they shared one common goal and that was to glorify God.

The final cue to the older woman is that she must know encouraging and equipping is not the same as pampering and pandering. It is not our job to be a "fixer-upper," to remove all the obstacles out of the way of the younger woman, but our task is to give a word of survival by inspiring the younger woman to hold on to her faith and be a servant of the Lord.

We must leave a legacy for other women, as did Mary, Elizabeth, and Hannah.

OLDER WOMEN/YOUNGER WOMEN, LET'S ABSORB OURSELVES IN ALWAYS GIVING GOD THE GLORY FOR ALL THAT HE IS DOING FOR US AND BEGIN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN EACH OTHERS LIVES.