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Worthy of Honor

Preconceived notions abound.  From old wives’ tales to ancient superstitions, false information is held to be true because it has been passed down through generations.  When questioned about a statement’s veracity and where a person “heard that”, the response is, “I have always been told that is true.”  So, repetition forms strong convictions even if the premise holds no merit.

Maybe you heard these from your childhood and thought them to be true for a long time:

Sitting too close to a TV will ruin your eye sight.

Swimming after eating will make you cramp up and drown.

Don’t swallow chewing gum or it will stay in your stomach for seven years.

Don’t bring a cat around a baby because they suck their breath away.

A spoon full of sugar cures the hiccups.

Hold your breath for one minute to get rid of hiccups. 

Throughout history, men have been the dominant leaders in most professions, businesses, and leadership roles.  For centuries, women were treated like property to be traded and controlled.  Later, they were viewed as the person responsible for bearing and rearing children and managing the household.  In the 21st century, women are found in every walk of life and many are breaking into zones where they have never been accepted as leaders.  One of the areas that is filled with very skilled and excellent practitioners is in the field of medicine.  It was not always so…. 

Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor in America, started her practice in New York in 1851. Not only was she unable to find patients, no one would even rent her a room once she mentioned that she was a doctor.  After weeks of trudging the streets, she finally rented rooms from a landlady who asked no questions about what Elizabeth planned to do with them. 

Quaker women became Elizabeth’s first patients. But no hospital would allow her on its staff. Finally, with financial help from her Quaker fiends, Elizabeth opened her own clinic in one of new York’s worst slums. the clinic opened in March, 1853. Elizabeth hung a sign out announcing that all patients would be treated free. Yet, for the first few weeks, no one showed up. Then one day a woman in such agony that she didn’t care who treated her, staggered up the steps and collapsed in Elizabeth’s arms. 

When the woman was treated and recovered, she told all her friends about the wonderful woman doctor in downtown New York. The dispensary was soon doing well. It eventually expanded, moved, and is now a branch of the New York Infirmary on East Fifteenth Street.  (Copied). 

The greatest honor is reserved for the woman that walks with our Lord in faith.  Her life is radiant, and her deeds encourage others to live with an eternal perspective as she points them to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.

Proverbs 31:26 – She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.   Proverbs 11:16 – A gracious woman gets honor.  1 Timothy 2:9-10 I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.