Footsteps in Faith: Spouses need to appreciate each other’s labors of love

| September 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Capt.) Randy Curry
728th Military Police Battalion Chaplain, 8th MP  Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

CurryThis weekend brings one of those special events that military members love: a four-day weekend. 

It is time to celebrate Labor Day, the day set aside to honor the hardworking men and women of our country. 

The day was established so we can pause and recognize the social and economic achievements of American workers. However, as you enjoy the unofficial end of summer, I encourage you to also take time to recognize the importance of the work your spouse does.

In the book “Love and Respect,” Dr. Emerson Eggerichs discusses ways couples can strengthen their marriage. One important thing is to recognize and respect the work our spouses do.

Ladies, recognition is big with your man. Your guy has a built-in desire to take care of you and provide for the family. He provides through his hard work. When was the last time you told him you are proud of his work and that you are proud of the job he does? 

This communication can be tricky, especially when that same job separates you for a year, makes him miss birthdays and anniversaries, or interrupts your quiet evening at home. He knows his job comes with difficulties and hardships, but he is also very proud of what he does. 

Don’t tear your Soldier down by tearing down his job. Build up your relationship by telling your man just how proud you are of his labor.

Guys, you can’t skip on this either. Your wife needs to hear that you respect and appreciate her work as well. I know this is tough, but you have to actually say the words. Thinking it or grunting in her direction doesn’t cut it.

Whether she is a Soldier managing a platoon or brigade, a hair stylist or a stay-at-home mom, you need to grab her in your arms and tell her you appreciate the work she does. The hours she puts in are not equal — because moms are never off the clock. And the paychecks may not be equal, but the respect must be.

The Bible talks a lot about our labor and work. Psalms 128:2 says, “You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.” 

In Matthew 28:11, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” 

This weekend, the weary and overworked should take time to rest and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

So, as you sit on the beach this weekend or when you are in the backyard grilling bratwurst and burgers, take a moment to tell your spouse how much you appreciate him or her, and the job he or she does. 

Take time to celebrate the hard work your partner puts in for you. Take time to celebrate the labors of love.

Chaplain (Capt.) Randy Curry728th Military Police Battalion Chaplain, 8th MP  Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment CommandThis weekend brings one of those special events that military members love: a four-day weekend. It is time to celebrate Labor Day, the day set aside to honor the hardworking men and women of our country. The day was established so we can pause and recognize the social and economic achievements of American workers. However, as you enjoy the unofficial end of summer, I encourage you to also take time to recognize the importance of the work your spouse does.  In the book “Love and Respect,” Dr. Emerson Eggerichs discusses ways couples can strengthen their marriage. One important thing is to recognize and respect the work our spouses do.Ladies, recognition is big with your man. Your guy has a built-in desire to take care of you and provide for the family. He provides through his hard work. When was the last time you told him you are proud of his work and that you are proud of the job he does? This communication can be tricky, especially when that same job separates you for a year, makes him miss birthdays and anniversaries, or interrupts your quiet evening at home. He knows his job comes with difficulties and hardships, but he is also very proud of what he does. Don’t tear your Soldier down by tearing down his job. Build up your relationship by telling your man just how proud you are of his labor.Guys, you can’t skip on this either. Your wife needs to hear that you respect and appreciate her work as well. I know this is tough, but you have to actually say the words. Thinking it or grunting in her direction doesn’t cut it.Whether she is a Soldier managing a platoon or brigade, a hair stylist or a stay-at-home mom, you need to grab her in your arms and tell her you appreciate the work she does. The hours she puts in are not equal — because moms are never off the clock. And the paychecks may not be equal, but the respect must be.The Bible talks a lot about our labor and work. Psalms 128:2 says, “You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.” In Matthew 28:11, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” This weekend, the weary and overworked should take time to rest and enjoy the fruits of their labor.So, as you sit on the beach this weekend or when you are in the backyard grilling bratwurst and burgers, take a moment to tell your spouse how much you appreciate him or her, and the job he or she does. Take time to celebrate the hard work your partner puts in for you. Take time to celebrate the labors of love.

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