Girls compete with each other. Women empower one another.
Before I start, I want to point out the meaning of 'girl' in this quote around which this commentary is based. In my opinion, the term 'girl' refers to the 'child' in every woman. Actually, childhood should be one of the most beautiful times in every woman's life. That being said, let us go further in our discussion.
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"When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a (woman), I put the ways of childhood behind me," the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:11
For me, to think or to act like a child means that one's thought process and actions are not mature enough. One is more likely to base her actions on her feelings. A sort of immediate gratification train of thought. Just take the time to observe children speaking or playing with each other. Alone or in a group, a child needs to be monitored, to be told or reminded what's wrong and what's right.
Girls compete with each other. Competition is a good thing. We are taught to be the first and that's excellent. Actually, we are told in Deuteronomy 28:13 that the Lord will make us the head, not the tail. If we pay attention to the commands of the Lord our GOD that he give us. We will always be at the top, never at the bottom.
There is nothing wrong with an healthy competition. An healthy competition brings out the best out of us. In an healthy competition, we get to know and to appreciate our limitations and our strengths. Simultaneously, we also learn and appreciate the limitations and the strengths of others.
The challenge when we compete as children is that we miss this maturity to take the situation for what it is: a competition. The truth is that we are solely defined by our relationship with our heavenly Father, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them, as stated in Psalm 146:6.
Women empower one another. Like me, you may have heard a lot about the empowerment of girls and women. To be honest, I added my own 5 cents in the discussion with articles such as 10 ways women and girls could empower themselves, Girls are rising, Women's issues and achievements go global, Five powerful African women. This platform is heavily about encouraging girls and women to find their voices. However, competition and empowerment do not exclude each other.
As stated earlier, competition is a good thing. There is nothing wrong when another sister competes with another sister. However, all parties involved must play fair. This is why the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games had rules.The Denver Post reported that Olympic athletes have to adjust to rules forbidding them from open sponsorship. The International Olympic Committee has an Olympic charter.
Whenever a sister (a woman) empowers another sister (woman) through her words and actions, she tells her sister:
I acknowledge your limitations and your strengths. I will support you. I will bring the best out of you, the best way I know how to do because I care for you. I know you will do the same for me.
Every human being has unique fingerprints. This implies that each of human being living on earth is unique. There will never be another you on this earth. This truth should free us from the various insecurities that haunt many us. Too often, our insecurities could lead us to feel threaten by another sister. We need to acknowledge our insecurities and our feelings but we must not act on them.
When a sister (a woman) empowers another sister (a woman), both parties benefit. Both parties learn from each other's limitations and strengths, making the world a better place.
So, which sister will you empower today, my Sister?