Are any of your spiritual heroes women?
In Changing The Story I voiced my conviction that, "heroes are an important element of any story and in talking about alternative stories I think we need to give serious consideration to invoking alternative heroes and alternative ways of looking at established heroes."
Well to extend this conversation further and draw out some of it's implications I'll also say this, if we are serious about respecting women in the faith, we need significantly more focus on the women of faith.
With that in mind I thought I'd draw attention to this affirmation I came across. The original author is unknown but I think it serves as a worthy starting point:
Like Women of the Bible
Like Deborah, I will serve the Lord in power and speak His word without fear.
Like Esther, I will intercede for God’s people before the throne.
Like Abigail, I will humble myself to wash the feet of the servants of the Lord.
Like Sarah, I will respect my spouse and his ministry to the Lord.
Like Hannah, I will dedicate my children to the Lord.
Like Priscilla, I will explain the way of God more perfectly to those who are seeking.
Like the Shunamite widow, I will trust God in the day of adversity.
Like Lydia, I will be a worshiper of God and open my home to His ministers.
Like Tabitha (Dorcas), I will always do good and help the poor.
Like Joanna, I will use my wealth to support the ministry of Jesus.
Like Mary, the mother of Jesus, I will hear the word of God to me and answer, “Be it unto me as you have said”.
Like Mary, the sister of Martha, I will know the voice of Jesus and hear his words.
Like Mary, the mother of Mark, I will make my home a haven for the followers of Jesus.
Like Mary, the Magdalene, I will keep at the feet of Jesus and love him unto death.
Now. Should these women be heroes only for women? Should they only be focussed on in womens studies where men dare not tread? Or should not us guys recognise that here we have some forgotten heroes of Christian spirituality that we would be wise to emulate. We ask women to emulate the male heroes of the Bible, shouldn't we men be equally prepared to emulate these heroic women?