In addition to serving our family, there are many other ways in which God wants us to use our gifts and talents in our middle and later years. But again, we must be careful to look to Scripture, and not the worldly culture, as our guide. We must ask questions such as:
- In what ways is God calling me to serve in this season?
- How can I use my skills and talents to strengthen the church?
- Who is God calling me to befriend, mentor, or evangelize?
When we begin with biblical goals and values, our role and purpose for this sometimes-confusing season become clear—and exciting! There’s one opportunity I want to encourage all of us to seize, and that is the Titus 2 mandate to train the younger women in the virtues of biblical womanhood. In Titus 2:3-5, Paul gives us “older women” a job description: we are to display godly character “and so teach the younger women” to love their families, care for their homes, be pure, self-controlled, and submissive to their own husbands. We’ve got a job to do ladies! And this isn’t just a task for a select few. Titus 2 is clear—if you are an older woman with godly character, this assignment is for you! The younger women need our help. And so many of them are desperate for the counsel, advice, encouragement and care of a godly older women. We must fulfill this vital task of passing on the qualities of biblical womanhood to the next generation. Thirty years ago, Elisabeth Elliot issued a call to older women, or, as she calls them, “WOTT: Women of Titus Two”:
I think of the vast number of older women today….what a pool of energy and power for God they might be. We live longer now than we did forty years ago. There’s more mobility, more money around, more leisure, more health and strength. Resources, which if put at God’s disposal, might bless younger women. But there are also many more ways to spend those resources, so we find it very easy to occupy ourselves selfishly. Where are the women, single or married, willing to hear God’s call to spiritual motherhood, taking spiritual daughters under their wings to school them?
Are you willing to hear God’s call to spiritual motherhood? Ask the Lord today: who is a young woman you can take under your wing and teach the beauty of biblical womanhood