The feminist movement did great things for women. It allowed them to leave the ties of housekeeping behind and venture into a whole new world. It was a world which challenged their abilities, their brain power, their industriousness, their ingenuity, their organizational skills, their talent and their compassion.
Yes, I said compassion. Now where in the world does that word fit into the world of commerce? Up until then, compassion was woven into the fabric of nursing or caring for others. The corporate world was and still is, filled with money driven men who were trying to change the world. Not a lot of compassion was necessary When women became part of that world, things changed a lot.
In the beginning men said women’s place was in the home, raising a family, tending to the chores of the day and caring for her husband. The game was on. Women started attending colleges for things other than secretarial or medical skills. They proved that they could work under pressure and handle the stress of corporate life. It wasn’t an easy road, because these same women still had the responsibilities of running a home, but they managed to do both.
Today women are deeply imbedded into politics. They hold positions of power in the medical field, the corporate world, high finance and industry. They have proven to be equal to men, but still fight the battle of equal pay. I’m sure that day isn’t far off
In the process, families have become accustomed to both parents working. The material things that were put on the back burner until they could be paid for are now staples in most homes. The home fires still burn, but most of the management of that place is being carried out by hired workers.
In the meantime, women have become equal with men. In my opinion, they always were in God’s eyes. Woman was created to be a partner for man. I’m sure there are statistics that prove that men are the hunter/gatherers and women, the caregivers, simply because of the way they are made up physically. Women are sensitive, intuitive and have the ability to listen. The tenderness of their hearts is something that continues to exist, even though they try to put on an armor of toughness. Women cry. Yes, so do men, but women seem to do it more often.
As women take on some of the roles of their counterparts, they’re expected to be tough, put their emotions aside and act like a man. However, even in a society that wishes to determine their own gender, men are men and women are women. The differences were designed to compliment each other.
Women do have a softer side. Our emotions are often worn on our sleeves. Our compassion is evident in the way we work with others and live with them and should be considered a medal of honor. It’s not an attack on your character to say you can cry if you need to. There will be days when the pressure of work gets in the way of family – when the demands of travel take you from those you love – when the extra hours of work keep you from kissing your children goodnight. It’s OK to feel bad about those things.
God made tears for a purpose. They come out when we grieve, when we’re frustrated or angry and even when we’re happy. The silent tears you pour into your pillow each night do not go unnoticed.
There’s someone who understands those feelings. Jesus wept. He knows all about sorrow. He understands our pain. He is also our comforter. He hears our prayers and dries our tears, but He allows us to bring all our burdens to Him, so he can carry them for us.