What makes you hard to live with? Are you afraid to go there? Even more afraid to ask someone else? It's not easy to face our "ugly spots;" we tend to want to cover up or stuff them. Real love doesn't back away from a mess.
|Photo credit Flickr ~ Grace and Lily|
My Jeff really loves me, and he knew I needed help with my mess. He took his Saturday afternoon to tackle my mess. First he told me to keep in mind that anything to follow wasn't personal, a reflection on my worth as a person (he had a trash bag in hand), or his love for me. :) You may remember that when he helped with my pantry, I didn't respond with total grace. :/ So while I grabbed a Diet Dr. Pepper, he started emptying my vault. My first thought: "Wow! I can pack a lot of stuff in a closet!"
It's hard enough to call a mess what it is, whether it's a closet, a habit, or a circumstance we've made, but it's harder to tackle the mountain alone. Don't get me wrong; I'm not a candidate for "Hoarders," but that might only be because Jeff doesn't back off from a mess. A working friend is a blessing, and in marriage a spouse that will get dirty and make our mess their own is truly a gift. It's a timeless truth that, "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor" (Eccl. 4:9).
- Knowing we have to tackle a mess alone often keeps us from tackling it at all.
- Our husbands are blessed when we allow them the privilege of meeting a need, lifting our load, and being our knight in shining closet organization.
- They are helped when we come alongside them to help tackle their mountains with an attitude of humility and love, instead of criticism or belittling.
- They don't want to see us standing in front of them with a trash bag in hand and a glimmer in our eye!
My closet wasn't my only mess, but it was a big one. I'll bet you have a mess somewhere. It may not be the shape of a closet. It may be habit-shaped or attitude-shaped or heart-shaped; whatever the shape of your mess or your husband's, real love won't back away.
Today's Life Off Line Challenge:
- Ask God to show you an area in your life that needs to be addressed, instead of overlooked.
- Ask your husband if there's anything in his life that would be a relief to have help to take care of ... and then change your schedule to be his helper.