Character Quality: Resourceful

Character Quality: Resourceful with free coloring page.

Character Quality: Resourceful

My grand mother, Nana Burt, was resourceful. Her whole generation was. They had to be. Born in 1922 she lived a hard life. She didn’t have much growing up and had to learn how to be resourceful.

Without much education-she only went to school through the 8th grade-she became an excellent seamstress. When my mom was in high school, Nana made all of her dresses. Everything my mom wore, Nana made. This was a time when all the girls wore dresses to school. (My mom only remembers wearing pants one time to school and those were under her dress because it was cold. She took them off immediately upon arrival!)

Times were tough for everyone in the 1950’s neighborhood my mom grew up in. She and another mom got together and figured out how to dress their daughters. Store-bought clothes were out of the question. Only the rich could afford those. There were no Old Navy stores, no Marshalls or Khols. But there was the Woolwoths’s where they could purchase fabric.

These two moms worked together, practiced resourcefulness so that their daughters could have nice dresses to wear to school. Nana’s friend-the other mom- couldn’t sew, so she bought the material for both girls and Nana made the dresses. She made everyday dresses to formal dresses for the school dances. I’ve seen pictures. They were beautiful. My mom and her friend were grateful .

Necessity is the mother of invention. In other words, when we need something we will often find a way to meet, accommodate or satiate that need. Real fundamental needs trigger creative juices. When we need something, motivation drives us to solve the challenge.

But what happens when we don’t know need? What happens when we can just purchase it? That doesn’t take much creativity. Some of us don’t need much. There are those who can run out and buy whatever they need or even want at Target or consignment store or the local mall or online. Our culture doesn’t encourage self denial or delayed gratification. So how can we practice and teach this important character quality?

The Proverbs 31 woman practiced resourcefulness. Most of us aren’t quite sure what to do with her. She often seems all too perfect, organized, and diligent. But if we read her description not as a day in the life of, but rather an overview of her whole life, the highlights, it’s a better perspective.

The first step in being resourceful is being content in what we already have. This may sound contradictive in that unless we acknowledge a need we won’t be motivated to meet that need. But being resourceful isn’t about satiate our wants and desires. Racing around figuring out to satisfy every craving, every longing, every urge.

Being resourceful is about calmly assessing a need-not a want or mere yearning as a result of discontentment or restlessness, but a legitimate need. There is a calm, intentionality about resourcefulness. It doesn’t rush. It studies the problem and methodically seeks to solve it. It acknowledges the need and evaluates possible resolutions. Resourcefulness is not rash or thoughtless. It is deliberate and composed.

Further, exercising resourcefulness includes being diligent. The Proverbs 31 woman was diligent as she worked for her household. She wasn’t lazy. She didn’t expect others to do her responsibilities. She worked hard, late and early to meet the needs of those in her charge. This is not to say she never rested-she did,or she couldn’t have kept up the pace.

Being creative is also part of being resourceful. It is about thinking of solutions from different perspective with different solutions. When my mom needed dresses for school, buying them was out of the question-even the material was too expensive. Nana had to get creative. She had to think outside of the box. By doing so she was able to creatively solve her problem

Finally, humility is another part of being resourceful. We have to be willing to admit we have a need that we cannot easily meet. In other words we must be wiling to admitting we need help. Of course we can be resourceful without anyone else, but it isn’t as rewarding. See we were meant to work together. We need each other. God often meets our needs through others and cooperating with them is key.

BTW-There is a terrific book for kids which I first found through the Five in a Row curriculum. It’s titledA New Coat for Anna. I highly recommend it. The story is about a mom in war-torn Europe whose daughter needs a new coat. The mom will inspire you with her resourcefulness. It will also give your children insight into how people met fundamental needs in the past. You can read about the Five in a Row curriculum and how it has blessed our family, by click here.

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Character Quality: Resourceful with free coloring page.

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I had it going on—or so I thought. After surviving sixty-three months of pregnancy, countless sleepless nights, and 35,000+ diapers, this one-time control freak encountered God’s grace. And I’m here to encourage you to do the same! I love encouraging and inspiring moms to grow deeper in their walk and relationship with our Heavenly Father.

I’ve been married to my beloved, Davis, since 1986; our life has been a roller-coaster ride, with God at the controls. We have seven kids and let me tell you our family loves to laugh! I enjoy playing in the dirt, eating dark chocolate, and walking on the beach. I’m an author and speaker and I am passionate about helping moms not only survive motherhood, but draw near to the Father and thrive in motherhood.

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Posted on: February 20, 2015, by : Rachael Carman