Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
To reverence our husbands means to show respect and honor towards them. Sometimes that is easier said than done, isn't it?
What do you do when your husband asks you to do him a favor? Do you happily oblige? Or do you go about grumbling and griping while doing it? If it's an easy request that is in your comfort zone then no problem. But what if his request is out of your comfort zone? That can be a different story sometimes.
I remember a few years back in the middle of winter when we had a good 2 feet of snow outside. We would have to water our cows with a hose attached to our water faucet inside our house, then haul the heavy and long hose out to the cows water trough. It is not that fun of a job, let me tell you. My husband who leaves for work around 6:30 and doesn't usually get home until 4pm would then have to do the big job of watering the cows after his long day at work. Well one day I felt the Lord telling me to help out my husband and water the cows for him while he was at work so that he wouldn't have to do it when he got home. Like I said, it's not an easy job, especially for someone small like me. Watering the cows is a job for someone with bigger muscles than I have, especially when you have to trudge through 2 feet of snow to do it. Then after you've watered you still have to roll up the long hose (getting all the water out as you do it) and put it back inside so that it doesn't freeze. But since the Lord layed it on my heart to help out, I did. Can I tell you, my husband was so pleased and happy when he came home and saw the water trough full of water. He could actually come home and relax instead of doing another strenous job.
That job was out of my comfort zone, it was physically demanding. But I did it out of reverence for my husband.
Just this morning, my husband called from work and asked if I would call our internet provider because of the continued issues we're having with our email. I detest making phone calls having anything to do with technology because they always ask questions I have no idea how to answer. I told him I couldn't because I was right in the middle of breakfast, I have a list of things to do today, and I didn't like making those kind of phone calls, (and couldn't he hear the craziness of our house with 4 kids playing and running around- did he really want me to call in the midst of the chaos??). So he said that he would just make the call himself when he got home, I could tell he was a bit dissapointed. Oh, how I felt horrible when I got off the phone with him, like I had let him down in a major way. So guess what I did? Yep I made the phone call, it was out of my comfort zone but I did it. When I called him back to tell him what I found out about the email issues he sounded so very pleased and happy with me.
As wives, we can get into our routines and schedules, and forget about those around us that need love, encouragment, a kind word, a kind deed.
The phone call didn't take more than 5 minutes, but it was a help to my husband. As wives we are called to be "help meets" to our husbands. I encourage you to do something (even if it's out of your comfort zone) to be a help to your husband today.
And have you seen the "31 Days of Love" Marriage Challenge going on over at Time-Warp Wife??
Check it out!