Posted on October 19, 2013 on the old Principle Based Learning website.

by Carol and Elizabeth

In our current world of constantly shifting values, the word virtue has taken on a flavor of meaning that makes a “virtuous” person seem old-fashioned at best and outright foolish at worst.  The word is still associated with being “chaste” as in being a “virgin” but other nuances seems to be lost.

These thoughts have been percolating since I read a post by PBL mom Elizabeth Trotter.  You may remember that Elizabeth moved to Cambodia with her husband and 4 young children to do missionary work.  She told me about a post she wrote where she refers to Proverbs 31 which in the KJV begins, “Who can find a virtuous woman?”  You then read a long list that seems to describe the perfect wife of the time.   Elizabeth points out that it is a problem to hold up an impossibly perfect model.  Read her post!  It is excellent article and, if you are like me, you will feel a sense of relief that we can choose to let go of long “to do” lists.

Before I let this go, however, I have to say that I think Elizabeth and all of the PBL families are, indeed and in fact, virtuous.  In looking up the etymology of the word, it says “moral life and conduct, moral excellence”. (Click the etymology link and read the whole entry for more insights.)  In other words, it is building your core.  Later in the entry it state that the Wyclif Bible has virtue where KJV uses power.

To answer the KJV of Proverbs 31 questions “Who can find a virtuous woman?” meaning, people of moral conduct, excellence and power.  I answer: one place to find them is among the PBL women who are reading this article!  Your determination to live and teach the PBL principles is a great strength to me!


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