Proverbs 31? What a checklist. All too often we consider the Proverbs 31 woman to be the ultimate—for all the wrong reasons.

How can I be raise my boys in the fear of the Lord if I don’t follow the checklist?

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Proverbs contrasts the voices of wisdom and folly, reminding us to choose wisdom. Sometimes we moms listen to God, the ultimate wisdom, and other times we focus more on the folly—the shouts of the world—that drown Him out.

If we see Proverbs 31 as a checklist of cooking, cleaning, working, and helping people that makes us worthy, we’re listening to the folly of the world.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom (Proverbs 9:10 and 15:33). Paul reminds us that Christ is “the power of God and the wisdom of God.”

What is the crowning achievement of the woman in Proverbs 31? Look at verse 30.

“…but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”

Fearing the Lord is her first priority, and that leads us right back to the gospel, for Jesus is the wisdom of God.

This excellent woman’s heart is centered in Jesus.

Yes, she cooks and cleans and changes diapers, but she lives her life in light of the gospel. That list represents everything ordinary and mundane that a mom does—and she strives to live that life with the Lord at the center.

She lives an ordinary life, not unlike the life of her Lord. He was born in a lowly state, to common parents, in a less than glamorous town; in fact, he was crucified as a common criminal.

But He had purpose, and so does this woman.

Instead of seeking perfection by the world’s standards—with the Pinterest-inspired house—she lives a gospel life depending on Him, for He is sufficient.

Yes, she struggles.

She loses it. 

She’s not perfect.

But He is, and His righteousness covers her.

In response, she lives a life of purpose for Him, strengthened by Him. That purpose spills over on everyone around her.

So, toss the checklist.

Put Jesus at the center of all the ordinary and let Him shine through you.

Prayer for the day:  Father, You are my perfection. Help me to remember that and to step away from my own efforts. Give me Your strength, Father, to live a life that points my boys to You.

Personal study questions:

1. What is the hardest thing on your own performance checklist for you to give up? Ask God to help you let go.

2. What is one mundane, ordinary task of mothering that you can thank God for today?

3. What is one specific thing you can do every day to center your heart and mind in Christ?