When I was in the 9th grade, the seniors were absolutely amazing. There was nothing they couldn’t do. 12th grade boys were tall, handsome, and oh so knowledgeable about life. 12th grade girls were intelligent, funny, stylish, and friendly.
They were who I wanted to be.
In my adult years, I’ve realized something fun and interesting. The same affinity that I had for the Class of 1987 years ago still exists today. Maybe it’s the assuredness about life they exude now that they are grown adults; maybe it’s the calm and insightful parenting techniques I’ve seen them employ; maybe it’s the very human challenge to balance work and family that I know they encounter every day.
They have a certain knack; a persona if you will, that I sense almost immediately.
Sound silly? Maybe, but it’s definitely true.
In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not slaves to excessive drinking. They are to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children,5 to be self-controlled, pure, workers at home, kind, and in submission to their husbands, so that God’s word will not be slandered.
While my love for seniors has never waned, I can’t say I feel that same affinity and celebrate the successes for all women. And as a Christian, shouldn’t I?
Author Nicki Koziarz’s latest book, Why Her? addresses that reality. I’m glad…because that means I’m not the only one who experiences these very real feelings sometimes.The best defense is a good offense, and this book gives us the tools we need for that offense. Koziarz outline six truths that we need to remind ourselves of when trying to measure up to others just leave us falling more and more behind.
And so began my journey of wanting to do better, think better, and celebrate my sisters (even if they didn’t graduate hight school in 1987). We could all use a dose of the reality that this book brings with condemning us for being who we are. To buy the book, go here. To learn more about Nicki Koziarz and all of her awesomeness and inspiration, click here.
Think of three people who are older than you who have given you guidance in your life. Thank them for their wisdom.