Do you agree with this statement? The image above and the quote below are from an article by Anna Sophia and Elisabeth Botkin, on their website Visionary Daughters, entitled
“For every girl we know asking why so few young men are “ready,” we know a young man asking where the ready and eligible girls are. Our brothers and their friends have told us that many of the qualities girls have cultivated to make themselves “eligible” are things that won’t come up on young men’s radar screens, and the qualities the young men are most looking for have been neglected.For example, though many may have mastered skills like sewing and music, they often seem to be living in a hobby world, removed from the concerns of the real world, and lacking a basic understanding of what’s going on. Some may have learned to be “content,” but haven’t learned to be joyful. Some may be sweet girls, but they often communicate stiffness, timidity, aloofness, or coldness in public. Others may be popular and socially active, but haven’t built real relationships with their own family. Some may feel ready to be loved and romanced, but not ready to love sacrificially. Others may be very accomplished in “feminine arts” (cake decorating, flower arranging, scrapbooking), but lacking in practical skills that will recommend them as capable helpers (the kind of skills that would be required to start a business, manage finances, help run a ministry, etc.)”
(Please go over and read the full article! It’s very interesting and full of thought-provoking material, you’ll be glad you did.
So, what do you think?)
There are some parts of this quote which I would take issue with, and other parts which I agree with. What do you think? What is the reason some are putting off marriage these days? What are Godly young men looking for? Are girls “living in a hobby world”? Do girls need to learn “practical skills that will recommend them as capable helpers (the kind of skills that would be required to start a business, manage finances, help run a ministry, etc.”? Is it a girl’s fault if she’s not married?