If you know me and you read the title to this entry you might think I'm off my rocker. I can't afford to hire servants! But I heard a sermon by Tony Evans years ago that I have never forgotten. He was talking about the women of his church complaining that they could never be a Proverbs 31 woman.
The sayings of King Lemuel-- an oracle his mother taught him: "O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows, do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. "It is not for kings, O Lemuel-- not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, lest they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. (NIV)
Well, at first I had to agree with those women. Then he continued by pointing out that we all have servants. Servants, what are you nuts! How about Maytag, Whirlpool, GE, and Kitchenaid? They are lovely ladies are they not? What would I do without my washing machine, my dryer, my dishwasher? I even have servants to help me home school my kids. I am so blessed to have a DVR. (it records and stores all our classes we tape from Bob Jones University and then allows me to burn DVD's of those classes.) I used to tape our home school classes on a VCR and had to change out VCR tapes for each class and each student which meant that I had to be diligent at all times. Some of the classes tape in the middle of the night! Now I don't have to think about the classes taping, my servant handles that for me. I even have a servant in the form of a computer program called homeschool tracker that allows me to type in the kids assignments for the year. If we have to rearrange our schedule and take an unplanned day off, this program makes it easy and quick to make that change and print out daily assignment sheets.
I am so blessed to have so many servants making my life easier. Thank you GOD for providing them!