Pondering Gender Roles…Again

Futball, Football, Rugby, Baseball, Hunting, Fishing…The list goes on. All of them require and showcase strength and skill. Many of these I enjoy watching or participating in. But this is my thought: They all showcase man’s strengths. Men were made to have strength, speed, stealth and skill because they were made to provide for and protect their families. They were also made to be leaders and work in community which is a must for any team sport. Happy chicken eggs

These days, men aren’t necessarily required to provide for their families like they used to. Yes they must work hard to earn a living, but they don’t have to hunt, raise livestock or food and trade for what they don’t produce themselves. Most of these skills are left for hobbies and sports because, in the Western world, we can go out and buy all of those things. Since men just can’t ignore those tendencies endowed by their creator, hobbies and competition are made for them. All of this, I’m fine with. But…

Women were made to nurture, teach, help, care, make and the like. These are not glorious in the world’s eye like say, speed or strength. There is no world cup for potty-training a toddler. While much attention has been given to cooking of late, it’s for gourmet meals and unique creations. There isn’t much glory in the daily tasks of feeding a family. There is no competition for inner beauty and Godly graciousness. So, we take to the field. We fight for a league of our own. We run, hunt, kick and fish along with the men. Mankind’s building of the tower of Babel seems to have become a quest to build up ourselves. Only what does a woman do to gain the respect of the world? She puts on her cleats and kicks a goal. ellies flower

I don’t really have a huge call to action or solution I wish to convey. I just wonder if makes sense to any of you. All we can do is our best to find our joy in the Lord and the things he has called us to. But hasn’t the enemy used the culture to make womanhood look inglorious, mundane?

I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live;also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man. Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

What do you think? Am I just over-thinking again? Or is there something to this?

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