I know the Declaration of Independence says “all men are created equal”, and it is true that all humans are equally important. However, I have learned that not all men are exactly the same!
In my marriage to my late husband Raul, God had me launch a ministry that focused quite a bit on providing Bible guidance for wives. In the process, I began pressing into my role as my husband’s “helper” as referenced in Genesis 2:18. I realized that in order to be a help and blessing to him, I really needed to figure out what actually made him tick and what he needed from me. After studying him and asking him questions along this line, I discovered that he REALLY needed verbal affirmation from me and he desperately desired my respect. When I helped him by doing those things, he began to flourish even more. He became a better version of himself, and he often told me how much my affirmation and respect meant to him.
Fast forward following my husband’s untimely death, the Lord saw fit to bring a widower into my life and we are actually going to be getting married soon! I, of course, thought that I had my role as a wife and helper all figured out for this new husband. Wrong! I’m learning that the things that my late husband needed and wanted from me are not at all the same as what my new husband desires. They are different men. Duh!
This brought to mind Philippians 2:3-4, which says, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Are you looking to your husband’s interests? Don’t make the same mistake I did, thinking that all husbands basically want the same things from their wife. Each man is a little different. This means we need to be a student of our husbands. Study what makes your husband tick, what lights him up, what seems to be meaningful to him, what actions or words appear to be a blessing to him. Then do those things! Your husband will so appreciate you. 😊
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