It has been my experience in life that men tend to be task-oriented and women are wired more for relationships. Do you agree? Think about it—is there male or female handwriting on most of the greeting cards that you receive? Female, of course. What would you say is the female-to-male gender breakdown of gift giving in your circles? 50/50? I doubt it. Try 80/20, and I might believe you.
Everybody needs to grow in cultivating a thankful spirit, but I think I and my fellow males have farther to go. Tending and mending relationships is learned behavior for us, and sometimes we fail. One of the most crushing burdens for a woman to endure, especially one who has sacrificed much to bear and nurture young children, is to go unappreciated by her husband.
TV shows celebrate narcissistic males in an endless quest for a glamorous trophy babe. Husbands, has God blessed you with a woman who has been faithful to you, worked hard, built up your reputation, and poured herself into the lives of your children? Do you have any idea what a prize God gave you? “A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown” (Proverbs 12:4).
Wear your crown with pride. Have you told her today (hey—I mean today—last week doesn’t count) how much you appreciate her? Flowers “just because” get you bonus points.
Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.
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