This little excerpt from Susan Hunt’s, Spiritual Mothering, gets to the heart of the greatest impediment to serving God: self. If most of us are honest, we would admit that we are waiting for something. For example, a single woman waits for “Mr. Right”, a married woman waits for a tension free marriage, a mother waits for her prodigal to come home, a physically afflicted woman waits to be healed. Waiting on God, in and of itself, is a biblical thing but that’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking about glorifying God in the very midst of our less than ideal circumstances. True Kingdom mindedness does what the apostle Paul did — glorified God in all things. A woman’s premiere purpose in life is not convenience, ease, or even happiness; it is God’s glory.
“Many women today are overwhelmed with the complexity of life. They are floundering because they have no focal point. When their expectations are not realized their emotional equilibrium erupts. When career, marriage, or children do not give them the security or significance they anticipated, their confidence evaporates. They are influenced by the unrealistic images of life and womanhood portrayed in the media. Their purpose in life is shaped by their desire to attain the personal happiness they are told they deserve. So they are not only disappointed by unrealized expectations, they are defeated. Christian women are not immune to this. A four-letter word causes us enormous problems: self. Our self inclination will send us reeling unless we have settled that core issue: what is our life purpose? Once God’s glory is our purpose, then we have a center point to which we can relate each decision and each situation.”
Susan Hunt, Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Model for Women Mentoring Women, 1992, Wheaton:Crossway, page 32.