Let me get serious for a moment. Many of the rules and expectations of society have changed (whether you agree or disagree men/women rules/jobs are changing). In past times, men left for their jobs while women stayed home to care for their children, cook a gourmet meal for their husbands while doing every household chore imaginable (laundry, dusting, cooking, even cleaning their husband’s …gunk from the commode).
Today, family life is different. There are many husbands that stay home while their wives set off for work. Men stay at home to care for their children, cook gourmet meals, and (should) provide the most peaceful, comfortable atmosphere available for their wives (peace and quiet. Riiiight… I think my wife would settle for peace. I am amazed at how my wife can come home and STILL provide time for our girls and me).
Colossians 3:19 (ESV) says, “Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.” Ephesians 5:25-27 (ESV) says, “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” Actually, just read the rest of Ephesians 5 then imagine how Christ treated women (all those “being whipped” jokes don’t hold much weight anymore).
I love being a stay-at-home dad. I do not regret the decision to quit my full-time job from a company that had generous benefits and opportunities for advancement (the HEAD boss, started at the lowest level possible). Some dads do not even know their children. Some dads miss out on the opportunity to spend time with their children because their work requires an inhumane amount of long hours that take them away from their family.
I am also blessed to see my wife succeed at her job. I am blessed to see her impact people everyday. I praise my GOD and SAVIOR, for giving her the ability to provide a voice for those who do not have a voice. I praise GOD for giving her the ear to hear the struggles of those who can’t move, to those whose only way to communicate are with their arms, legs, or pitches in voice levels.
I have seen her interact with people who can’t move but can speak. I have seen her interact with people who can’t speak but can move. I have seen her interact with people who can neither speak nor move but still have the ability to understand; she has been given the gift to see the needs of others.
With the time spent with my wife, and the time she spends at her work, I know she changes lives everyday. She has changed my life and she continues to show our girls what it means to be a strong woman.
To my wife: You are an inspiration to me. You are a very smart, intelligent, and beautiful woman. I thank our LORD CHRIST for you everyday. I pray that I can impact others just as much as you impact our family and those you serve. Through your work, you have taught our girls to love others, to be responsive to people in need, and to care for the hurting.
Thank you. I love you!!