“She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household, and a portion for her maidservants.” –verse 15
There is an old adage in leadership that you should never ask someone to do something you would be unwilling to do yourself. What is more, the best leaders are ones who will take care of their people–serving them while the people serve whatever purpose they are there to fulfill.
The Proverbs woman rises early–to serve her servants. She brings home supplies, food, and then she rises that she may feed her staff before they go into their day. These are qualities that engender loyalty, respect, and productivity–not out of blind following, but grown from the knowledge that the one they serve adores them too.
There is One you serve that adores you. He wakes before the sun that you might have light. He plan out provisions for your life that you may live. And His servant’s heart walked a lonely road to the cross that you might know the Paradise of following His ways. He walked them first; now He supports you as you follow in His footsteps.
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