Hard Workin’ Gals: Should Christian Girls Have Jobs? (Part 1)

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:

THINK BIG.

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!

-Allison

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10 Comments

  1. I totally agree that a girl should have something to while single. For me, job opportunities have come up through word of mouth, like someone needing help with caring for children, older people, or doing other random things. Find what you love to do, and do it! For instance, I thrive when helping people and making sales. Hence the reason I work at a little shop in a farmer’s market.

    Another thing to think about: when you work a “real” job, have to work, and then come home and complete your list, it really gives you a different perspective on what husbands have to do. You might think twice about giving a long “honey-do” list to your man when he walks in the door after a long day at work.

    So, as a single, I would seriously look for a part-time job. Don’t be married to your job, but do love what you do. Then, when God brings you your man, you will be content in knowing that you didn’t waste those years. And what will you do if you never get married? Sit around all day? Start now in making productive choices.

  2. Thank you so much for posting this, Allison! I’m seventeen and have had an office job since I was fifteen. Truthfully, it has taught me so much about money, and business, and service, and keeping things in the right perspective. I can’t wait for Part 2! 🙂

  3. This is so SPOT ON! Allison, your wisdom in this area is so appreciated; I totally agree, that as single young ladies we have so. much. potential. What a shame it would be to waste what God has so graciously gifted. Love your dear heart in this <3<3

  4. Wow, interesting and practical discussion….like usual 🙂
    There are a couple things that come to mind when I think of this topic.

    1. Do you have your parents blessing…when your parents are fully behind you in what you are doing (in my case, doing part time housekeeping, part time at a grocery store, nannying, and being an activities aide at our local nursing home, all at different times in my life 🙂 there is much more freedom in doing this versus going against what your parents advise or feel uncomfortable about!

    2. Are you working at a specific job because you felt pressured into doing something just because everyone around you is…or is this job the ministry the you feel God has given you to do?? For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God has before ordained that you should walk in them Eph. 2:10

    Allison, thanks again for sharing and provoking us to think as well. Iron sharpening iron going on!!

  5. Love this, Allison!! I totally agree with you that it is Biblical for young women to work hard, earn an income and save money. I run 2 different bakery businesses from our home, one with some of my sisters, and I love doing that. It’s been an excellent source of income; sort of a goal I have right now is to save up for the future, particularly so that if/when, Lord willing, I have my own family, I’ll be able to buy healthy ingredients, cook healthy food, use essential oils, etc. (as those things can be expensive :))

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