There is a story in Proverbs about a woman who is a blessing to everyone around her. She takes what she has and turns it into much more. Even her household servants are glad to be employed by her because her home is a place of plenty. It is tempting to think, “Sure, I’d be great too if I had all that she does.”

But did you know that this Proverbs woman is not noted for her balance sheet? That’s because it is about a mindset, not a paycheck. It is about HOW she got to where she is, not the prosperity that ensued.

It is easy to get so consumed with our own struggles that we don’t notice the struggles and serious needs of others. We might be overly concerned with getting a filter on our tap water while a neighbor has a dry well or another loses everything to flooding.

But we ALL have our struggles. The Proverbs woman can be found in every social, economic, and cultural setting. And she is faithful with the knowledge that you must plant good seed and cultivate it EVERY DAY.

Have you ever tried to find a creative solution while danger looms? Have you tried to dream of better days while you struggled with fear? As difficult as it is, the Proverbs 31 woman finds a way to see beyond the moment. She prospers in spirit and attitude in the most adverse and trying circumstances because she knows there is something BIG at stake. She brings calm in the chaos of life.

And that, I think, is the genius of the Proverbs woman. She lights a candle of hope in the dark, while others stall because they cannot see. She does what she can while she can and faces life’s challenges looking for a solution. She seeks ways to invest what she has: time, talents, goods, etc. to multiply them. That, I think, is the key to being the Proverbs 31 woman.

That is the woman I hope to be, and that’s the type of women I want to be around.

It is that age-old law of sowing and reaping. You are always planting something. How’s your seed? What will be your return?