Happy for the Help

The first two chapters of Genesis involve Creation, in particular, the creation of man (Adam). After showing Adam around and laying out a few ground rules, God decides it is not good that man should be alone. So, God decides to help Adam by giving him a helper in the form of Eve (Genesis 1:18).

I’ve been giving that a lot of thought lately, especially since the passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan. One of the people at her funeral said there would never have been a President Ronald Reagan without a Nancy Reagan. I’ll spare you my story, but my wife is my Nancy. She’s my helper, and she helps me in more ways than she knows.

For starters, my wife is not as connected with news as I am, and I find that attractive. It also reminds me that there are sometimes bigger, more important things to focus on at home. Speaking of home, when I am watching a sporting event and get rowdy, she calls me on it if I get out of line. Pay no mind that my favorite teams rarely provide me the opportunity to be coarse or boisterous in behavior, but I digress. My wife reproves me when necessary. She also lends time and attention when I sometimes need a person to talk with about issues of the day.

Years ago, when we were unwed college students, I was working terrible hours at a television station. I had to get out of bed at 3 a.m. and drive a half hour to work. Despite the fact that I was a total bore after 9 o’clock, and despite the fact that I made vampires look tan, my wife continued dating me. She also made me muffins and other baked goods to eat when I drove to work in the mornings. I knew then that I was going to marry her, and I hope I remind her of the reasons she said: “I do.”

Take a moment and think about the things your wife does for you. When is the last time you showed her appreciation? How long has it been since you even gave thought to the help she offers? Do you take the time to thank God for your wife? I realize that Scripture says a man is head of the wife (Ephesians 5:23). However, Scripture also says men ought to love their wives as their own bodies (Ephesians 5:28). Moreover, husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25).

Tell your wife today that you appreciate her support. Thank God for your wife. Be happy for the help.

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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