I have heard a number of questions from girls about work and money, and I want to address several in this post.
Some are wondering if Christian girls should even have jobs?
If so, what kinds of jobs should they have?
Should they be spending 100% of their time on household and church work, or is it ok to pursue other work, as well?
Is earning and saving money a bad goal?
Is it Biblical to have a job and save money as a young woman?
To start with, there are a few fundamental truths about work, money, and women that we need to understand:
#1. Work is created by God, and as women, we should thrive upon hard work and productivity.
There is a problem in our generation of laziness and selfishness. Work is often seen as a bad thing, and many, especially in their youth, do everything they can to spend the bulk of their time on “feel good” entertainment and the least amount of time necessary on work.
On the other hand, when women choose “careers”, it is sometimes with selfish motives. We need to get back to the fundamental practicing of good stewardship.
Work is not a bad thing, but neither is it something we do just for ourselves.
God has given each of us the privilege of stewarding the time and talents He has blessed us with. We can waste them, or use them well.
Read Matthew chapter 25 to see how Jesus feels about our use of what He has given us. He obviously want us to multiply it, not go dig a hole and bury it.
Many girls don’t realize the potential they have. Unmarried young women have incredible amounts of time and talent that should be put to use!
There are hundreds of ways to spend this time, but some girls get stuck without a vision or plan.
Some wonder what they should really be doing. Others just go with the flow and don’t give it a second thought.
Today my goal is to encourage you girls to do this:
Don’t sit there saying, “I wish I knew what I’m supposed to be doing.” or “I wish I had more money.” or “I don’t think ___ is ever going to happen for me.”
Get a vision, write down some goals + how you are going to achieve those, and go do it!
If you’re wondering if you should have a source of income or not, and if you should really even have “work” goals, I want to encourage you with this:
#2. Earning income and working hard is not only practical, but Biblical.
The Proverbs 31 woman is praised for her virtue, but take a look at her business savvy and income earning, as well.
“She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hand she planteth a vineyard…..She maketh fine linen, and selleth it, and deliverth girdles unto the merchants.” (Prov. 31: 16+24)
Here was an ambitious, diligent business woman! She clearly took good care of her family, honored and helped her husband, and had some serious business skills to boot! She was productive, and thrived upon serving others and working hard.
Being business minded is Biblical, and earning money is, too.
I think God smiles to look down and see girls getting creative about using their time and talents TO THE MAX!
He wants us to delight in working hard.
God is a Creator (look at everything He made!) and He wants us to create with our hands (that He formed), and to figure things our with our brains (that He intricately knit together).
Some of you girls are concerned about finding the right work to do. You may be wondering how your work will fit in with a possible future of being a wife and mother (a high calling) and your current job titles as daughter and sister.
#3. It is entirely possible to work hard + earn money while still loving home + family and embracing our femininity.
There are so many opportunities for work that fit beautifully with home and family. Working hard and even earning money does not mean we quit being the nurturing + feminine women God created us to be.
Earning an income will not somehow turn a girl into a full blown feminist who will struggle to be content with being “just a mom” someday.
I believe that the struggle with contentment now or then is a heart issue, and an identity problem that needs to be dealt with by finding our security, identity, and fulfillment in Christ.
Finding satisfaction in a job well done and money earned is NOT A BAD THING!
I would argue that earning money and working hard now is actually one way for girls to prepare for the rigors of motherhood.
It is my opinion that the discipline of learning to earn, save, and budget money, as well as the discipline of keeping a demanding yet balanced schedule will make for a more sturdy, capable woman in the long run.
Whether a girl ends up being a single missionary in Africa, a wife and mother, business owner, or a cook at an orphanage, her younger years spent learning discipline and hard work will be a huge asset later on.
(Disclaimer: There some things a girl should keep in mind when choosing her work, and not just every job opportunity is a good choice for young women. I will be exploring different ideas for work/earning money in the next post in this series.)
I look forward to continuing the discussion, and would love to hear your thoughts and feedback!