Riveting, gripping, touching, and tender all at the same time is the precious love story between the widowed daughter-in-law, and the widowed mother-in-law of the Bible story, Ruth and Naomi. True to the theme of blessing on loyalty, humility, and obedience to the one true God, when Ruth left her homeland to return with her mother in law Naomi, to HER homeland, and accept her people and her God, as Ruth’s own, if you are familiar with the story, you know the wonderful truth that Ruth also got a second chance at love.
Boaz the upstanding, and honorable businessman and citizen, became Ruth’s beloved husband. I not only treasure this story for the relationship between Ruth and Naomi, and the happy love story ending for Ruth and Boaz, but I also highly value this story for what we can learn from Ruth’s example of living.
Here are Six Sensible and Savvy Standards for Living, that we can learn from Ruth:
- Be open to new love, growing new relationships even after suffering loss and despair. Understand there is always HOPE that life or circumstances can get better. Ruth did not expect to end up following and loving her mother-in-law instead of her own people or her own husband but that is what she did, and she was respected, and admired for how she loved and treated her mother-in-law, and more good came to her (Boaz, and children…)
- Be courageous and do not fear change. With the right people around you, go forward. Ruth was not afraid of change. She was determined to make this change, to move with Naomi and make Naomi’s people her own people, and Naomi’s God, her own God.
- There is safety in a multitude of counselors. Ruth listened to others. She loved and respected her mother in law Naomi, and followed her advice and counsel (which seemed to play a key role in her romance with Boaz.)
- Have a healthy respect for cultural norms that serve a purpose. Ruth was not a rebel. She assimilated into a culture different than she grew up with, and she accepted their ways as her own.
- Demonstrate a strong work ethic, and humility. Ruth surely did! She worked hard in the fields to go behind the other field workers and pick up what they left behind, and she was GRATEFUL.
- Be GRATEFUL and NOT COMPLAINING. That was Ruth.
Thank you for letting me share. I hope that this inspired you or encouraged you toward wisdom from God’s Word. It is powerful and priceless.
I wrote a thoughtful piece about how to be a good mother-in-law, many months ago. Maybe you would like to check it out:How to be a Good Mother-in-Law
With God’s guidance and strength, I aspire to be wise, faithful, loving, hardworking, and humble as Ruth was. Thank you for letting me share. We would love to hear from you in the comments, about how this perspective resonates with YOU.
More from this series, is here. Sure to bring you pleasure- it sure did for us: February Series Intro., 2019