So often, we as wives forget the men who work so hard for us. Sometimes we complain because they work too much, or we complain that we can't work instead, or we compete with them to be on equal footing as "breadwinner". I firmly believe that it is in the heart and makeup of every man to be a provider for his family since the Garden of Eden. Yes, I know we women work just as hard, sometimes even to help provide the family income. However, I'm writing to wives, not husbands and wouldn't it be a little self-serving to tell you to honor yourself today? Leave that up to your husband! I have a challenge for all of us wives on this Labor Day holiday (if you live in the USA--and even if you don't, join us on this challenge!):
The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.
- Today, thank your man for working so hard to provide for you and your children, if you have them.
- Today, do something to make your man's load a little lighter and spoil him as much as possible. Let him have the day off! (Except maybe to man the grill--we don't want to go too far here!)
- Today, let him know that you see his provision for you as a sacrifice of love instead of an annoyance.
- After today, don't forget to do the above things from time to time. You'll reap great rewards in your marriage!