Before we get started today, I should probably define distaff and spindle. Both are tools used for working wool and flax.
Whenever I read this verse, I see the Proverbs 31 woman is crafty. I love crafty women, my grandmother is crafty and my childhood babysitter was crafty. They always made us things and let us help them with projects. Being crafty is important for a few reasons:
- You can make great, cheap, gifts for people which is important because we are always trying to save money. Plus gifts made of love are more cherished.
- Idle hands do the devil’s work. So rather than being mischievous, we can teach younger generations different crafty skills.
- Selling projects at craft fairs, online, or anywhere else, can be a good way to make a little extra cash. Remember, the Proverbs 31 woman is always hustling.
I think crafty arts are bring lost today to digital media, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Although I would recommend all young people learn handicraft skills like woodworking, sewing, and knitting, I think it is just as important for this generation, and future generations, to learn about coding, blogging, and e-commerce. As millennials, we are more technologically advanced than previous generations and we have found ways to monetize and build businesses around technology. We should embrace that and use laptops and wifi the same way the Proverbs 31 woman uses her distaff and spindle.
- What handicrafts have you always wanted to learn?
- What technical skills do you know and how can you use them to build income?
- What are some practical ways you can spend less time being idle, and more time working?