For my normal followers you probably have noticed that I have not written on my same normal schedule. For the last few days I have been swamped with what we would call in the United States “Honey Do List”. For the last few weeks my wife had been speaking about wanting to start painting some of the rooms around the house. I told her if she went on and got the paint then I would help her to complete the task. Well on this weekend she went out and she purchased the paint and the materials for us as a family to begin painting the rooms. This was about to be a great family filled adventure of allowing the kids to do some hard work in making their rooms look different with a fresh coat of paint. Well it started with everyone excited about getting the rooms painted to it just being Dad completing the task in the end. At first I was a little disheartened for the fact that I was doing the bulk of the work alone then God reminded me that I was just performing a service for my wife. I was showing her a form of love. We were instructed by Paul
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”
Ephesians 5:25-33 KJV
This spoke to me in a special way as I was knocking out the painting and other things that my wife wanted me to do this weekend. It allowed me to be able to see the smile on my wife’s face as she saw the finished product of the rooms. It allowed my wife to see that she is loved and taken care of. After we had gotten started she got tired and frustrated by the kids recklessly painting on the wall it was no longer a task that she wanted to take part in. However, because we started it the rooms had to be finished. This taught me that when we say that we love our wives it is not just by saying the words but by the actions that we show and sometimes don’t show.
This was also a good lesson for the children. They got to see an example of Dad doing something for the family around the house. Many times we get so caught up doing things for our jobs and outwardly providing for our families by doing the things that they really don’t see. But, painting the walls is a daily reminder that Dad loves me enough to take the time out of his day to make my room look nice. Think about this week some things that you can do for your wife that will put a smile on her face.
Yours In Christ,
A Christian Dad