This is a Titus 2 and 1 Timothy 5:14 Web-Log Teaching Good Things About the Home
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Mature Audiences Only
As mentioned in a previous post, the younger women become older women, and take with them the habits they formed in their youth. Bad habits are very hard to shake, once they are formed, especially if they involve substances like drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. Young girls are full of fun and rebellion, wanting to relieve themselves of every stress, and turn to mindless occupations.
Immaturity takes the form of:
*Mocking everything that is good. This might be "cute" when you are young but translate it to old age and you get something far more repugnant. If you have ever taken a course as an adult, at a college, you will understand just how silly and immature the young people are today, and wonder if that is what you want running the country when they are older.
*Sarcasm. Young people today have a propensity to be sour on life, and when they get older, they are even more jaded. Habitual scoffing and scorning is a sign of a people without hope, who have buried their talent.
*Twisting everything into a baser thought, or vile comment. This translates into something even more disgusting when you are an older person.
*Drinking and partying. It might seem cool when you are young, to have a beer in your hand and a cigarette in your mouth, but observe what it looks like on the elderly. They don't look so smooth and cool, bent over, gray haired, wrinkled, puffing away at a cigarette and holding a bottle.
*Not being a good steward of time. You may get away with unfinished projects and lateness when you are young, but it is a sign of immaturity if you are still doing it as an older women.
*Envy. It shows a lack of maturity and a focus on other people rather than on your own faults and habits. Communists and socialists depend upon envy to motivate rebellion and destroy peace. Mature people recognize that envy will debilitate and immobilize them. If cultivated, envy will blossom into old age bitterness.
*Destruction. Toddlers and young children tend to make messes of everything, but as you get older you are supposed to grow up. Imagine what it would be like to go to a library and find the books not in the shelves, but piled without any kind of order, in mounds all over the floors. Imagine going to a restaurant where there is no order and being expected to eat in peace. Imagine trying to find something in your favorite store and the shelves are all mixed up, with food and toys all together. The world survives on order, not on destruction. Destruction is a sign of immaturity.
*Careless in dress and going unbathed. You might get away with it for awhile, especially if everyone at college is neglecting their appearance and going to school in their pyjamas, but it is more disgusting as you get older. Decades ago, a Christian college put out a booklet about how students were to live while studying at their college. In it was a routine of how they were to prepare for sleeping, when they were to get up and it was forbidden to stay up all night. They had to come to class bathed and dressed and they had to have eaten a good breakfast. They were not allowed to wear sloppy, unclean clothing or put rings in their flesh. The latter might be kind of exciting in your youth, but imagine a 60 year old woman with rings and tattoos all over her body. That is what you will be like.
*Thinking that money is the answer to everything. Mature people are resourceful and do not use lack of money as an excuse.
*Pessimism. Old people who are negative and pessimistic and critical of everything, were once young people who developed these attitudes and cultivated them.
*Turning everything into an argument. Though this was once loftily labeled as "higher criticism," it is just immature rudeness. Skip ahead 50 years and imagine what you will be like as a critical, argumentative old lady.
*Naivety. It is not necessarily innocent to be naive. One is wise and the other is foolish. Naivety may be protected in your youth, but as an elderly person, naivety will rend you powerless.
*Neglect of church assembly. The younger women may have a hit and miss attendance in church, but older women who do this will never be taken too seriously in spiritual matters. They cannot be mentors of younger women if they skip church to attend fairs, horse races, gambling establishments, craft and antique shows, or any other social event. In order to become the Titus 2 woman you have to be consistent in your youth, in your reverence for the Biblical standards of womanhood. There is no higher calling than that of teaching the younger women to love their husbands, love their children, and to be keepers of the home. As I look at the visitor paths that lead people to this site, I see that many people type in words like, "How to learn about home making," or "how to prevent divorce," "teaching children respect," "how to sew," etc. If these things are so out dated and unnecessary, as the progressives are telling the world, then why do thousands of people look for such guidance daily?'
*Careless and dangerous health habits. If you want to be an older woman full of vitality and love for life, you cannot take a pill for every ailment while you are young. The pills, especially those of the statin-drug nature, will deteriorate other areas of your body, such as your liver, your kidneys, your lymph glands, your heart, your vision, your memory, and many other things. Learn to eat live food, as opposed to processed food, avoiding harmful chemicals. Read the small print on all drug packages. Don't accept every vaccine and every new drug that comes along claiming to cure things that are not really diseases but a normal part of life. You might survive, as a young person, for awhile on chemical medicine, but it will break down your judgment and your stamina as an older person. From the looks of the Bible instructions to older women, they are to be "sober" and able to guide, counsel and show. They cannot do this if they are not in good health. Being an older person in good health depends a great deal upon how you take care of your health as a young person. Maturity means to take charge of your own health, which consists of good amounts of rest, sleep, water, fresh food, fresh air, exercise, and peaceful living.
I posted all this to let the young ones know that if you are not mature you will deprive yourself of the blessings of being a refined and dignified older woman, as described in Titus 2 of the Bible. You may have a riotous time in your youth but you will miss out on the good life in later years...the good life that consists of love in the home, a strong family, a lasting marriage and a secure economy. You are sabotaging your own future when you indulge in constant foolish living.
Scoffing and simple mindedness is like being constantly drunk. Drunk people do not have good judgement. Who would pay attention to them? Only those who would restrain them. You are in training to be an older woman. I wrote about this several years ago on the Lady Lydia Speaks column at http://www.ladiesagainstfeminism.org/ and mentioned that you are practicing to become an old woman with dignity or else you are putting into place habits that will make you an old lady that will never be regarded as having any worthwhile wisdom to contribute to the young.
I do not think many people realize how much the older women are needed to be good examples. Though there may be no older women in your life that you desire for mentors, you'll just have to take control and start learning how to be one for the next generation. You can build a reputation of being smart and wise in all things regarding the roles of women.
One lesson to be learned is the art of visiting. An older person who wishes to call upon a younger person should first make an appointment. She should phone and find out when would be a good time to drop by. She can say, "I have a little something I'd like to give you. When would be a good time to drop by." She should prepare a gift bag with something in it for her home: maybe a scented candle, a set of measuring spoons, some jam or a new dish towel in her favorite motifs or colors. Fruit or vegetables from a farmer's market is nice, too. Flowers from your garden put in a jar that is hand decorated...sometimes I use a baby food jar and put a rose sticker or decal on it and "frost" it with clear glitter paint, tie with a bit of ribbon, and put fresh mint leaves in it . If there is no money to spare, she can make her something very simple--a batch of homemade cookies, some hand made cards or stationery.
The next thing she needs to know is that she must try not to over-stay. An hour, in my opinion is enough time. That way you won't use up her day and she will look forward to seeing you again. While I love visits, I find there are older women to whom time means nothing, and they will stay from noon til 6 in the evening and only leave when they see me starting to get dinner for my husband.
Another thing she needs to know about is conversation, and to be careful about subjects that would depress or cause anxiety. I find the easiest things to talk about are the things that seem to mean a lot to the young woman in her house, from decorations, collections, quilts, colors, or whatever you find. Also to inquire about how she has been and what she needs help with. Stay away from discussing all your health problems and your own family problems such as the daughter that doesn't speak to you anymore or the cousin that ran away with his boss's sister, leaving behind his wife and family. Don't criticize your husband. Be a cheerful as you can and leave on a high note.
Finally, she should be careful what she wears and not show up in shorts or something sloppy. I have an elderly friend that I never tire of seeing, because she always comes dressed up. I remember James MacArthur talking about his mother, actress Helen Hayes. He said that his mother was very dignified in her appearance, and in the later years when other actresses were showing up at the studio in jeans and sports shoes, Helen said she would not do it, and came "dressed to the nines." A young person can get away with being a bit more casual, but that casual, sloppy look has a terrible effect on an older person.
I am not yet an older person, but having found very few older women that would teach me, I began at the age of 21 to find out more about this role. The Bible seems to indicate that a woman was considered an "older woman" when she was past the age of 65. I wrote an article on the Guard the Home blog called "Doped Up and Dumbed Down; the Demise of the Older Generation." In it I showed how the older people were under doctor's care and most were given pills, disabling their thinking processes so that they could not teach as they should. They sit in front of television sets and feed on what the liberal media is dishing out. They cannot be counted on to give sound counsel. It is best to care for your health as young person and not get dependent on chemicals if you want to be an effective older person.
It is somewhat difficult to explain the feeling I get when I realize that though there are people in the 60's, 70',s 80's and 90's ahead of me who cannot be trusted to give sound counsel and guidance to the younger generation. It is a terrible waste, but a waste that could be prevented if young people would prepare for their old age more carefully. The older people should be running city hall and the government, and we should not be so youth driven. However, we are losing our elderly due to the many vices they practiced in their youth. You will not be a robust, healthy elderly person if you smoke, drink, stay up all night, eat junk food, take drugs and medication (which wears down your internal organs and cause side effects), have a bad attitude, and in general think that life sucks. Your habits NOW determine your future.
How shall the young secure their hearts, and guard their lives from sin?
Thy Word, the choicest rules imparts, to keep the conscience clean.
Thy Word is ever lasting truth, how pure is every page,
That Holy Book shall guide our youth and well support our age.