(A Message based on Priscilla Shirer’s book, The Resolution for Women)
“I will be a woman who is quick to listen and slow to speak. I will care about the concerns of others and esteem them more highly than myself.”
– Priscilla Shirer, The Resolution for Women
Shh…a message of importance is about to be spoken, and guess what, it is not coming from your mouth.
Although this is quite the humourous take on the importance of being quiet and listening, it is definitely a lesson that all of us need to learn. The problem many of us have is that our mouths are so busy running that our ears are not effectively listening. And they cannot listen if we are more concerned about esteeming ourselves higher than others.
The woman of resolution understands that she is not center stage. She understands that the spotlight does not have to be on her and that the microphone does not have to be in her hand. She knows that the world does not revolve around her, rather she appreciates that it revolves around Jesus Christ.
As a woman who is resolved, the woman of resolution undoubtedly knows that because the world is centered and focused on Christ, she can live in such a way that she is readily available and wholly present to respond to the needs of others. She understands that in order to respond, she must be able to hear. She also knows that in order to be able to hear, she must be able to be quiet, even to the point of being slow to speak (a great exercise of faith, to be sure).
In the place of esteeming others, the woman who is resolved can practice the art of quieting self for the greater good of others. She can remain silent, knowing that she is making a real difference in the lives of others simply by listening and responding to their needs.