This challenge to women appears in John Piper's essay "A Vision of Biblical Complementarity: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible."
The essay concludes with a 15-point challenge for women and a parallel (but different) challenge for men. You really should read all 15, but for now consider (for the women) points 7, 10, 11, and 13:
7. That you be totally committed to ministry, whatever your specific calling; that you not fritter away your time on soaps or women’s magazines or unimportant hobbies or shopping; that you redeem the time for Christ and his Kingdom.
10. That, if you have children, you accept responsibility with your husband (or alone if necessary) to raise up children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord-children who hope in the triumph of God-sharing with your husband the teaching and discipline they need, and giving them the special attachment they crave from you, as well as that special nurturing touch and care that you alone are fitted to give.
11. That you not assume that secular employment is a greater challenge or a better use of your life than the countless opportunities of service and witness in the home, the neighborhood, the community, the church, and the world; that you not only pose the question: career or full-time homemaker?, but that you ask just as seriously: full-time career or freedom for ministry? That you ask: Which would be greater for the Kingdom- to work for someone who tells you what to do to make his or her business prosper, or to be God’s free agent dreaming your own dream about how your time and your home and your creativity could make God’s business prosper? And that in all this you make your choices not on the basis of secular trends or upward lifestyle expectations, but on the basis of what will strengthen the faith of the family and advance the cause of Christ.
13. That you develop a wartime mentality and lifestyle; that you never forget that life is short, that billions of people hang in the balance of heaven and hell every day, that the love of money is spiritual suicide, that the goals of upward mobility (nicer clothes, cars, houses, vacations, food, hobbies) are a poor and dangerous substitute for the goals of living for Christ with all your might and maximizing your joy in ministry to people’s needs.
The essay itself is chapter one of Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem. The full text of this book is available to read free online at The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW.org).
Happy Mother's Day!
Pictured in the photo are, left to right: My mother-in-law, Mrs. Edwards; me; my mother, Mrs. S.; and my sister, Mrs. C. Taken on Mother's Day, 2005.