I Feel Like the Maid!
A young wife complained, “I feel like the maid! My husband never puts anything away, and he leaves his dirty clothes for me to toss in the laundry hamper.”
In the early years of marriage, I grumbled about picking up my husband’s socks. I couldn’t believe an intelligent adult who restored a 1931 Model-A Ford deluxe coupe didn’t understand what a clothes hamper was for. Or a trash can. Wrestling resentment, I scowled and scooped into the garbage a banana peeling he’d left on the counter.
How much time did that take?
A second or two.
Exactly. Could you donate two seconds of your day serving your workaholic husband who sacrificially pours out his life for you?
The conversation in my thoughts changed me. Whenever I picked up socks or discarded a banana peeling, I spent those moments thanking the Lord for qualities I admire and appreciate in my amazing husband. Then I went on with my day joyfully.
I’d changed my perspective years before the 9/11 tragedy, but that event strengthened my resolve. I heard news reports of husbands and wives calling from the Twin Towers and planes to tell spouses, “I love you.” No one complained, “It really ticked me off this morning that you didn’t pick up your dirty socks.”
After washing the dusty, sock-less feet of His disciples, the Lord said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:15).
A servant attitude is a Christ-like thing.
Dianne Barker is a conference speaker, radio host, and best-selling author. Her eleven books include Twice Pardoned and I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum Life. This post is from her forth-coming book Help! I’m Stuck and I Can’t Get Out! The Maximum Marriage Maintenance and Repair Kit. A member of Christian Authors Network, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and Christian Women in Media Association, Dianne hosts “At the Library” on WHCB, 91.5 FM, Bristol, Tennessee, www.whcbradio.org. For more, visit www.diannebarker.com.