Originally published 2.5.09
By Guest Blogger Audrey A. Muhammad
What is more valuable than rubies, silver and gold? Virtue!
Women and men around the world are becoming more concerned with the type of images that they see of women and the type of images displayed to their little girls. There is a saying that â€œA nation can rise no higher than its woman.â€ If this is true, we have a responsibility as a community to make a change.
Although our bodies are our temples, they should be secured and protected, not exploited and exposed. Young girls need to learn to value their God given talents and their purpose, not their â€œassetsâ€ or body. As Jill Scott says in her song, â€œHate on Me, I give you diamonds from my wombâ€ Our young ladies need to realize the power we have as women to give birth to a little Jesus, a little God. The solutions to the problems of the world come from the wombs of women. That is powerful!
If you were creating something great in your kitchen, would you just let anybody come in and out of your space? No, you would make sure everyone is aware that you need to have the kitchen clean and clear. You are judged by what you are able to produce. As women, we are the first teachers. However, if we donâ€™t see our value, no one else will.
I remember a story I used to tell my high school students of a woman who was always seeking validation from men. One day she decided take her son and run away with a young man. As they ran from the village, they professed their love for one another. When they began to cross the river, her infant son began to cry. Her lover asked if she loved him and she said, â€œYes.â€ He said,â€Well, your child is slowing us down. We will not get far with him. Do you really love me? Donâ€™t you want to have a child with me?â€
The young woman began wide-eyed and said, â€œOf course, butâ€¦â€
â€œNo, buts,â€ he said. â€œYou know what we must doâ€¦â€ (If you want to read the rest of the story, make sure you get an upcoming issue of Virtue Today Magazine)
The above story always leads to a very interesting discussion. What can we do as women and men to show our young women the value of their virtue, their integrity, their purpose?
1. Teach them to honor and develop a relationship with their creator.
2. Give them encouragement and support for their talents.
3. Do not tolerate disrespect or abuse and teach them not to tolerate it.
Remember, â€œA Nation cannot rise higher than its women.â€ Believe me, our Nation is dependent upon it.
(Audrey A. Muhammad is the editor and publisher of Virtue Today Magazine, one of the fastest growing womenâ€™s magazines in the country that is dedicated to inspiring and empowering young women spiritually, economically and physically. To obtain your copy, log onto www.virtuemag.com. For more information, call (510) 815-4591)