"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain." Speaking of grain, the virtuous wife seeks wool and flax, willingly works with her hands, brings food from afar, plants a vineyard, and still finds time to stretch her hand to the needy. "Give her the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates." We would never have had this proverb, if this woman had chosen to remain in her own world instead of actively living in her surrounding world, and sacrificially giving herself to her household. The meaning of sacrifice is death. The grain had to die enabling wheat to grow for the nourishment and provision of someone else. As we die to self we nourish others, and allow them to be fed off of our sacrifice. Hmm sounds like what Christ does for us daily. Live by this. "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." (Gal. 6:2)
This is not to add discouragement to those who are busy caring for their families and cannot reach the poor and needy on a daily basis. They cannot leave their families to council the battered women of the world, encourage the Pro-Lifers, read dozens of books, or even keep up with politics. For you the faces of the needy may not have hollow, sunken, cheeks and gray eyes, but the needs still lie there behind the rosy cheeks and bright eyes.