When I look back on history, I ask myself, what have I learned? It is exciting to celebrate Women’s History this month. This is certainly a holiday to treasure. It allows us to honor all the brave women who took a stand for what truly matters. That is justice, equality, and peace. God brought to my attention the genuine need to understand what matters before we take a stand on it. Do you know what matters?
There are so many women in history that are worth recognizing for their outstanding achievements. Women like Grace Hopper, Danna Ulery, Shirley Chisholm, and Wilma Rudolph. Grace Hopper is a renowned American computer scientist known for the discoveries she made with her computer programming skills. Dana Ulery was the first woman in California hired at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an engineer. Wilma Rudolph was the first woman in one Olympics to win three gold medals. Shirley Chisholm became the first African-American congresswoman. The names do not stop there for there are so many other women who are worth celebrating.
For every inventor, politician, teacher, lawyer, business owner, scientist, and so on, I commend you for making history. I respect the purpose behind why they fought. These individuals are celebrated for fighting for unity over division. (Luke 11:17; Ephesians 4:3-6; Genesis 1:27; Proverbs 22:2; Acts 10:34; Matthew 22:36-40; and Colossians 3:14.)
What Is There to Learn?
History teaches humanity that it is vital to stand for what really matters. Refusing to allow corrupt leaders, unlawful messages, and problematic circumstances to manipulate truth will prevent lives from experiencing destruction.
“I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.” (Romans 16:17-18)
Countless events during the biblical era reflect moments like these. God’s people throughout the Old and New Testaments were warned to be careful not to turn away from God and towards ungodly mannerisms of the world that were contradicting.
It is crucial to identify what really matters. That is believing and acting on what God says is true. According to Numbers 12:1-4; 9-11, people are more than their skin color. According to Judges 4, the valuable impact of a woman in leadership is a blessing. In addition to these truths, humanity’s reality is that we are far more complex than this. Genesis 1:28 reminds us that we are given the things here on earth to steward well. Therefore, it is our job to make decisions based on what matters. This provides space for the world to thrive under unity therefore, making all humanity’s endeavors fruitful.
How Will You Stand?
Philippians 4:8 reminds us to live according to whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy. I encourage you this month to continue to stand for what is right in the eyes of God.