Nurture: The caring for and encouraging the growth of someone or something. Latin origin: to nurse
If you’re a woman, it’s your job. Not only that, but it’s our unique job, given to us by a Creator who is so perfect and loving, that he chose us to do this thing–to nurture–in order that things grow, life is worth living and the world is well.
I can feel when I’ve been nurtured. I grow, I heal, I am better.
But do I study to nurture others?
Obviously nurturing begins at home. Does my home nurture those who are in it? Do I? Do the people in my charge grow and heal and become better?
Do my words “encourage the growth of someone”? My facial expressions? My touch? My act of taking time to hear and talk and walk beside someone through the difficult journey of life?
Nurturing takes time, effort and deliberate action. But as we collectively nurture our families, friends, neighbors and maybe, even in some way, the cashier we don’t know, we all grow. And by embracing this important job of nurturing we become a powerful force in society.
We’re encouraged to “go out and make it happen for ourselves”. But this constant pursuit of “us” leaves little energy and time for nurturing.
And where nurturing ceases to happen–where there is not growing, there can only be death.
How beautiful when we smile on the task we’ve been given by our Heavenly Father and allow Him to use us to grow His favorite part of creation–the people in it!