IRON POTS AND TIFFANY VASES

When I studied for Aerobics Instructor Certification, I learned that a normal, average man has about twice the muscle mass of the normal, average woman. Men are larger, stronger and more aggressive (stay off the professional football field, girls). They are first to endure the harshness of new frontiers, or mine deep into the earth for treasure. Few women are “driven” as men. Thank the men who walk the I-beams on a new high-rise.

You are the priceless Tiffany Vase presiding on the chest in the foyer. The light from the window plays on the facets of your personality. Though many men have strength like an iron pot, God honors women equally. Femaleness is its own dominion bringing with it gentleness and emotion.

Like a priceless Tiffany vase in the foyer, you have great value as a woman. Yet it is in a different realm than men; it is equal and opposite. In that different realm, you are the one with the power. You bring your presence, persona, influence, gifts, beauty, wisdom and goodness. There is no second best way to add that influence to a marriage. There is no second best way to create a child, nurse and nurture a new human being. To be, think and live as a female fills all the empty spaces in the world with comfort, counsel and warmth. Creating a world that is priceless to all who are lucky enough to live there within your reach. Your life matters.

As I instructed Aerobics classes men participated too. Endurance was the name of the game. Individual initiative and strength mattered. Some women were as strong as some men were. But strength in a woman—the strength that matters—is emotional and more sensitive. Thank God for these feminine traits. They enhance the world with their genius. A woman displays her significance through them.

Tiffany-like caution might hinder the iron pot bad decisions.

“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them [your wives] according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” (1 Peter 3:7)

God protects your mission: as a female your strengths are a female kind of power and significance.

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