At Today's Christian Woman, we work hard to fulfill our mission of helping women attain to the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13). We do this by creating articles that help us learn from and with each other how to love God and live out his unique calling and purpose for our life, even in the grit of everyday life. This is one way we help empower women.
And yet, what does it really mean to be empowered? With so much chatter over the years about "girl power" (or should I say, "Grrrl Power"?), it's easy to dismiss the notion of empowering women as a mere cheer from the stands—"Rah rah, go girls!"—or an agenda that seeks to promote girls over boys.
But it's so much more than that.
The fact that we strive to empower women may suggest that women in some way are not powerful. But that isn't true. Women are powerful in profound ways. I saw this most clearly when I went to Africa and met women in Kenya who were determined to bring clean water to their village. They worked on a plan for 10 years before they actually began to see the fruits of their labor. Now that water flows freely in their community, these women dream about finding ways to bring water to their friends and family in neighboring villages.
Closer to home, I see empowered women every day at work, in my community, at my church, and in my family. I see an empowered woman in my neighbor, the single mom who reinvented her life after her husband walked out and left her to raise a daughter on her own. I see an empowered woman in the widow down the block who found her way back to joy after many years of grieving her husband's passing. I see an empowered woman in my 50something sister who decided to return to school to finish her bachelor's degree and go on for her master's so that she could change careers. Wherever women are discovering and utilizing their unique gifts and courageously living the life God has called them to live, even when faced with challenging life circumstances, these are empowered women.1