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Ronnie talks about how important strong women of faith are mothers, wives, grandmothers, teachers, listeners, confidants, leaders, role models and hero's.
Role models are important for Christian women. Everyone needs someone to learn from. But when it comes to picking role models, what does the world – Christian and non-Christian – present as aspiring qualities?
Someone has commented that for Catholics a saint is someone who has performed 7 verifiable miracles--but for Presbyterians, a saint is someone who’s brief! Researchers James Patterson and Peter Kim learned that 70% of Americans believed that America has no living heroes. About the same number say that our children have no meaningful role models. Ninety-six% say that they, and nobody else, determine what is and what isn’t moral in their lives; instead, they base their decisions on their own experience—even on their daily whims. Those numbers baffle me, since they must include a lot of folks who call themselves Christians! We Christians need good role models for our children - and for ourselves. It’s time we reclaim the notion of sainthood—drag it out from the bottom of the box up in the attic—dust it off—and make it part of our lives. Saints aren’t folks who’ve been dead hundreds of years, and sainthood didn’t go out with the Protestant Reformation. Sainthood, like faith, is contagious. We catch it from those around us. You demonstrate your faith-in-action as God’s own when you make an offering, when you write a note of sympathy or congratulations, when you call to encourage someone, when you teach Sunday School or serve on a committee, when you make a dish for a bereavement meal. You also become a model of faith when you present a cheerful face to your family or co-workers, when you practice patience with people who irritate you (even if they live in the same house with you), when you observe someone in trouble and offer compassion rather than judgment, when you face adversity with the trust that God will help you through it.