Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
In a day when the spotlight sits on everyone, many are forced to cover their eyes and hang their heads in shame, as the spotlight that used to highlights one gifts and talents, now highlights ones failures and shame.
Our culture has trained us to highlight, and bookmark the failings of those around us, choosing to define, dismiss and destroy people for the low moments in their life. A newsflash, none of us are perfect, and while perfection is our goal, it is most accurately described as a destination to which we have yet to arrive.
Though we haven’t arrived, the 31st and final verse of Proverbs says, “Honor her for all that her hands have done.” The New English Translation reads, “Give her credit for what she has accomplished…” In other words, look at all that has been accomplished by her, and celebrate it. Highlight it in such a way that it is known by all, appreciated by all, praised by all, discussed by all. When you encounter such a woman, you should hold her accomplishments and deeds high as a standard for all to see that the Father might get glory, and that others might seek it as she bask in it.
Give her credit for what she has accomplished, Proverbs 31:31
We should be highlighters of one accomplishments, having great appreciation or more appreciation for what they have accomplished, and not disapprove or disrespect them for what they failed at or lack. Enter the hater!
Our hate forever etching in stone the deeds of another, entrapping both the offender and the offended in a moment, while life passes by. This is not what we see with the Lord! He is constantly whiting out things, and chooses to present us as flawless, despite being very flawed.
How is it that He chooses to present us as righteous, and we choose to present each other as un-righteous? With man, whiting out might not be possible, but highlighting is! Highlighting allows the other text to stay, but gives the reader a focal point, making noticeable the things that should be referenced later. We too must choose to search for the highlights in the life of others because this is what God would have us to do.