|Photo from Chad Stutzman: A Word to Husbands|
An Open Letter to Husbands and Dads,
I am a single Mom whose husband chose a different life than that of husband and father so I feel uniquely qualified to write to men (do any even read this blog?) as we near Father’s Dad. Also, many of you read my “An Open Letter toWives” so I think I should balance the scales a bit. I believe in the joy and gift of marriage and family so I hope somehow, somewhere these words will help build, repair or just brighten a relationship that might need a little attention.
Our culture isn’t very pro-family, pro-marriage or pro-commitment. It screams at every chance “grab what you want” “you deserve this or that” “make yourself happy!” Please, men…if you are on that fence, jump down. If you have already walked to the greener grass, have the courage to walk back and build a foundation that will support your children and family for generations to come. If you are just going through the motions and not feeling the contentment that you should feel, open your hearts to the family you have been gifted and let God give you a love for them that is beyond anything you could have ever created yourself. Don’t let the miracle slip through your fingers. Let yourself fall in love with your wife and your children…let yourself fall inexplicably, undeniably in love with the gift God has created. Just for you.
As cliché as it, loving your wife is the greatest gift you can give your children. It sets them up for a lifetime of how to love. Look at that woman who God created for you and remember what that first kiss felt like, and why you fell in love with her in the first place. Each day tell her something lovely about herself, remind her that you chose HER. Take down the walls we all build up and walk to her side (even if she isn’t willing) and let God pour into your marriage. Let yourself fall in love like never before and love with abandon like there is no tomorrow.
You are a man, created by God, and He created you to love and lead your family and your rewards will far outweigh whatever short term pleasure you see in life on the other side of the fence.
Used to be a Wife
"Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,"