There are many issues facing women today. We live in a world where women are created equal by God yet they are not always treated as equals. Many women do not receive the same pay that men do for the same amount of work. Young girls are abused and sold into slavery in our own cities. The staggering number of broken homes, absentee parents, untrustworthy leaders, homelessness and poverty have resulted in many girls growing up with the need to just survive. They have something they must prove to themselves and to the world. They may be wearing rags in the cold streets or just as likely, they may be wearing business suits in the executive office. This is for them.
As women, we don’t have to fight or scream to be equal. We are created equal by a God who grants us respect. Sometimes we fear that if we don’t scratch and claw, we won’t be understood. We may fear we may never be able to get to the top, or rather just provide for our families. Yet we are not left to ourselves to dig out our future alone because there is a God who is interested in partnering with us. He delights in our leadership and our future and our equality. He validates us. He is set on carving out a path of success for us, and when we rest in him, because he will not let us down, we can be confident, self-assured, yet not in ourselves but assured in the power of Jesus working in our lives.
The number of women who are abused, enslaved and without opportunity is heartbreaking. No woman should be silent about abuse. No girl should be without a voice. Friend, fierceness belongs to you. You are a strong warrior, a leader with visions and dreams, strength, boldness and confidence. Girls, you can rest in a God who will never bail on you. We can be fierce and bold and yet calmly confident in the fact that Jesus is for us and our abilities are making a huge difference.
Selina Hastings was Countess of Huntington. She lived in Europe in the 1700’s. She was a straight up leader. She got it done. She gave and served. She was a boss. She figured out what needed to be done, and she did it. She was the first female principal of a men’s college in Wales. She funded the building of 64 chapels in England and Wales. Selina promoted independence for African slaves and raised money for missionary work in India and colonial America. Selina didn’t need the boys to do her job for her; and she didn’t need to prove to them that she was better than they were. She didn’t have to post it to validate that it actually happened. She built buildings. She trained leaders. She funded church plants. She used her equality and leadership humbly for greater good.
We are not unlike Selina. Though centuries divide us, many challenges remain the same. Like this humble, bold leader from the 1700’s you too can make a difference. Because of Jesus, you are already enough. Look to him for everything you need. You are equal, powerful, beautiful and loved.