R-E-S-P-E-C-T! No complaining, criticizing, rolling your eyes, nagging, or giving him any friction this week. Enjoy a week of peace in your home!
That is this week's Completing Him Challenge. Men don't just like respect, but thrive on it. In Ephesians, Paul shares some guidelines for marriage "However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband." Love and respect are a foundation for a healthy marriage.
Most wives know how much men need respect, but through the stresses and routine of daily life, respect doesn't rise up and shine out. The list above of avoiding complaining, criticizing, nagging etc. is a great place to start. Sometimes the best response is not giving one! But in addition, we can take this up a notch and give him some undivided attention. Small actions can have big meanings. Actions such as:
- Looking at him fully when he is talking
- Focus on listening to what he is saying while he is talking
- Asking and genuinely caring how his day went
- Taking time and effort to make his favorite foods
- Giving him affection through the day
- Cheerfully doing the things that he wants to do
- Making him a priority
Paying close attention to his needs and putting him first in the home builds him up and helps him to be the man and leader he is called to be. It is so easy to put him off when the children are talking, or to answer him half hearted, listen half-way when life is screaming for our attention. Deliberate choices to honor him set a pattern of respect in the home that will not only bless the marriage, but build a legacy for our girls and boys to cling to and establish for future generations.
Remember this week R-E-S-P-E-C-T!