The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. (Titus 2:3-5)
Whole books have been written on these verses, so obviously a little ditty on a blog is not going to do them justice, but I would just like to give you a few thoughts about them to think on for a moment.
Who is this “Titus 2 Woman,” as we call her? If you go out seeking a perfect older woman with all of the answers and all of her ducks in a row, you will probably go home disappointed. The woman in this passage is not a perfect woman. She has struggles, disappointments, and bad days just like you. She can be of help to you, not because she has never stumbled and fallen, but because she has.
You’ve heard the saying, “Been there, done that, and got the T-shirt.” Well, she has a whole dresser drawer full of T-shirts from all of her life experiences. If she hasn’t personally experienced what you are presently going through, she has been around long enough to have observed someone else that is going through just what you are. She may know of a Bible passage that can help you. She has dealt with trials in a right way, and in a wrong way, and the older she gets the more storage space she needs for all of those T-shirts.
As a young Christian woman, it would be prudent to be seeking the friendship of older Christian women, and you should be becoming a woman yourself, that is able to help and encourage women coming along behind you.
So, who needs mature, godly Christian women in their lives? I think we all do. And who should be striving to be a godly Christian woman that is able to be a blessing and encouragement to other women? Again, I believe that would be all of us.
Perhaps you’ve been wondering why you have so many seemingly useless T-shirts all over the place. Well, now you know. Don’t toss them aside; carefully fold them, store them, and be a blessing to someone else when they need to hear about them.
Written by my mother, Mrs. H.