There seems to be a fair amount of controversy within the faith community as a whole regarding women who work outside the home. Google it sometime and you will find a plethora of articles that lean one way or the other.
We recognize that ALL women of faith are working women, whether that work takes place in the home, outside of the home, volunteering at their kids’ school, or even in their place of worship. We do not differentiate between the type of work being performed. Yet we know that once a woman enters the workplace outside of the home, she enters new territory with unique challenges.
Part of our mission here at Working Women of Faith is to encourage women of faith to live out their workplace calling to the glory of God. One way we can do that is by starting honest conversations about the topic within the faith community. The more information we can share about who we are and who we are not, the more we can all help each other live out God’s calling on our lives.
Let’s do away with some of the typical stereotypes today by talking about what working women of faith are NOT.
1. Working Women of Faith are NOT choosing between work and family: There are many reasons why women of faith work outside the home. Some are working for financial reasons. They may be the only, or the primary source of income for the family. Some are doing what they know they were made to do. They understand that they have been gifted by God and want to use those gifts for Him. Whatever the reason, they are not doing it to escape from their families.
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2. Working Women of Faith are NOT feminists: A woman of faith working outside the home is not jumping on the feminist bandwagon, intent on throwing off any vestige of male dominance in society. She is not trying to destroy men. She is not interested in debating the topic. She does, however, understand that Christ did more to elevate women than anyone ever has, and she is grateful for how He views her.
3. Working Women of Faith are NOT Superwoman (nor are they trying to be): A woman of faith working outside the home is not trying to “have it all”. She struggles with juggling all of the responsibilities that God has placed in her life. She has to be intentionally disciplined with her time, and relies on God to help her get through each day and keep everything running smoothly.
4. Working Women of Faith are not asking for your approval (but they would like your support): A working woman of faith does not think she is superior to a SAHM. She realizes that we all have different callings in our lives, and she is just trying to fulfill hers. Her schedule may not allow her to attend every women’s event at church, or have coffee with you on Saturday morning. She’s not snubbing you, nor is she asking for your approval of what her path in life is. She would, however, appreciate your support and understanding.
Each of us as women of faith desire to follow God wherever He leads. When we seek to follow Him and please Him, that journey will ultimately take on a different look for each of us. As the body of Christ, we are called to be unified, not divided.
“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:1-6 NIV)
- What do you think?
- What are some other things that Working Women of Faith are NOT-or ARE?
- How can we bring information and unity into the faith community?
- How can we better support each other as women of faith?
Feel free to share this list with other women of faith . We’d love to have your feedback!