For several years, the Proverbs 31 Woman was one of those women I loved to hate. She was just TOO perfect and her lifestyle didn’t come close to being like mine. Then one day I was sitting quietly after putting my small children to bed and thinking about likening the scriptures to myself. I realized I needed to find out why the P31 woman was included in the scriptures and what I was supposed to learn from her. I set aside my feelings of inferiority and set about discovering just who she was. I was amazed at what I found. She was the woman I wanted to be. She was generous and giving, responsible and capable, industrious, diligent, productive, organized, efficient, inwardly and outwardly beautiful, regal, faithful and blessed. She was a Woman of Excellence. I then had to find out how to become this woman of excellence in the modern world and so began a life-long pursuit of learning and growing.
The P31W is included in the scriptures for more than just me, more than just women. She is an example of someone who seeks excellence in all she does. It makes no difference if your years of development happen at home while raising a family or out in the world. The point is to be excellent in all you do. No matter how trivial or mundane the task, do it with excellence. We wont be able to accomplish everything perfectly every time we try, but we can be perfect in our attempt. We can go after everything with gusto using the best of our abilities and practice to improve those abilities.
Over the years, I have learned that even though excellence is elusive, it is possible. Excellence takes years, and I am not there yet, but there is good news, I am getting closer everyday!