Titus 2:3-5 - Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior. (MSG)
We all need mentors, but we all should also be available to be a mentor. There seems to be no shortage of mentoring opportunities for men. In fact, I read where one self-described "virtual mentor" is selling tickets to his inner circle for $30,000!
Good luck with that one.
Ladies have had to get creative when it comes to mentoring opportunities. Enter the Red Hat Society. This organization was originally created for women aged 50 and over to encourage one another and to mentor younger ladies. Now, it has morphed into a self-described "play group for women."
Yes, fun and play is important to having a balanced healthy life. However, real mentoring happens during times of pain as well as times of joy. Though the scripture from Titus chapter two seems to only place women within the context of the domestic, the true spirit of these instructions is to meet people where they are. In other words, true mentors aren't only wives and mothers; they are "every woman."
Why the gender specific call? Because some things can't be shared in mixed company. Why the call to sobriety and discretion? Because some things (meaning anything important) can't be shared with loud mouthed drunks.
So, while we straighten our red hats, be encouraging and kind to she who's hat has been rumpled and knocked askew by ugliness of this world. As we model our red hats and purple dresses, let's also be models of God's goodness...to ourselves and to each other.