Let me admit something. My wife is better than I.
I just pinched my arm and I’m wide awake as I write this. I had my daily lemonade (calamansi juice), too (Yeah, my wife prepares one for me every day.) I also took my breakfast this morning. I want to make sure I’m not deliriously asleep while proclaiming my admittance that my wife is better than I (wink).
For a hard-headed person like me, it takes violence for me to admit that someone is better than me, not on everything, but in the tiniest area of my life where I excel the most – how to earn money. Yes, I see legal and neat opportunities to make money online everywhere I go. Tie me up, tape my mouth and blindfold me if you want to keep me from thinking how to earn money by providing online services.
Okay, enough of grandstanding myself (Well, didn’t I tell you to shine your light all the time? Wink again).
I strongly believe that us, husbands, have two missions in life: to earn money and to bring our wife and kids closer to God.
Obviously, I have excelled in prospering our money towards financial abundance and I’m on my baby steps to bringing my family closer to God. I struggle on the latter every single day. I struggle. I really do. This is what I learned: Once you have made a decision to bring yourself and your love ones closer to God, the devil gets stronger.
Now, you ask me. Knowing that the devil gets stronger and stronger, does that scare me? Does that make the hair at the back of my head stand? No! Not a single strand of hair. Even if the devil gets stronger each day, it still can’t beat the strongest force that pulls me towards the Light – Jesus Christ.
When my wife and I have a misunderstanding, we don’t talk immediately. That’s dangerous. I let the heat subside first. I wear my headset. I open my laptop and play holistic Church songs. After 30 or so minutes, tears are running down my cheeks. Why do I cry? On my nth step closer to God, I stumbled. It’s so discouraging when you know you’re almost there when you fail. If you’ve been where I am, you should know the feeling.
But every time I listen to religious songs, I realize that my wife is always a step or two ahead of me. When I stumble, I see two things in my mind. I see my wife offering her one hand. Some of you might be asking, “Doesn’t she offer you her two hands?” You have the point! I could have gotten up on my feet pretty fast had she offered her two hands. But here is the second thing I see in my mind. My wife’s other hand is holding Jesus Christ’s hand so tight.
Friends, you listen. Once upon a time in my life, I was craving for people’s approval. Collecting certificates, medals and tokens, thumbs-ups, Facebook likes and Twitter followers were my ultimate goal. Once you are at that stage, you can’t help but say to yourself (at least), “Men and women of the universe, I’m the best!”
But sometimes Got hits us on the head so hard so we’ll be awaken with the truth. That he who is the greatest will be everybody else’s servant. When you’ve come to know a lot of things, when you’ve had medals hang on your neck, when you’ve raised your hands with diplomas, when you’ve lost count of people who applauded you, it is so difficult to accept THE FACT that someone is better than you.
While listening to Church songs, with tears in my eyes, I rush to my wife and hug her so tight. I apologize. Again. It does not make me less than a man. Why should I worry with my being less than a man when our journey is leading towards someone who is better than anything our mind can conceive? My wife’s one hand is holding Jesus’ hands so tight so I can get up on my feet again and be able to walk beside her and lead them once again.
If you’re a husband like me, do not belittle your wife. Never tell that you’re working and she does not. Never tell that you are working so hard and her work is just to attend to household chores and serve you. Remember, Jesus said that he who is the greatest must serve.
Let me end my message with these Bible verses. Love your wife. I love my wife as I love myself.
Ephesians 5:33 Nevertheless, each one of you must also love his own wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Ephesians 5:28 In the same way husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
Ephesians 5:28 Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her.
Ecclesiastes 9:9 Enjoy life with your beloved wife during all the days of your fleeting life that God has given you on earth during all your fleeting days; for that is your reward in life and in your burdensome work on earth.
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