When I think of being possessive I think of a selfish person who can’t let things go and has to have control or else she can’t handle it.
But I just read Proverbs 14 verse 1 in a new light:
“The wise woman builds her home, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.”
I’ve read this over and over and over, and the word “her” never stood out to me so strongly as it did today. “Her home.” That’s a possessive pronoun and that means that this home is hers. There’s a sense of ownership, responsibility, and care.
It brought me to the amazing Proverbs 31 woman, where I found the word “her” over 28 times. Her hands, her household, her husband, her clothing, her children, etc…
And this was eye opening to me as I believe God was teaching me ownership and a self-less, possessive attitude of the things God has placed in my care.
Going back to the proverb, in my life it’s easy to be nonchalant, relaxed, and almost indifferent about my home. Of course there’s the actual building which makes up the house itself, but there’s also the people within it who make it a real home. I tend to be on the lazy side of life, and as I read and learned more about the possessive quality of what “her” means, I was really challenged in my attitude toward what God has put in my care. I want to be intentional and passionate about my home and those in it. To take my responsibility even more seriously and carefully.
“Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: “Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.” Proverbs 31:28, 29