"Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord." Ephesians 5:22
MEN RESPOND TO WOMEN WHO RESPECT THEM.
But it isn't all that easy. At least it isn't for me. There are a million different ways I disrespect The Husband. It could be second-guessing his parenting. Not fully listening when he's talking to me. Those little things I do that he'd rather me not -- things that seem insignificant to me, but matter to him.
And I'm going to go beyond just myself for a little bit, because I'm sure there's got to be at least one woman out there who's been reading and is thinking The Husband, as awesome as he is, is actually worthy of respect.
Here's the thing... It wouldn't matter if he is or isn't for a Christian woman. That verse up there? It isn't a mere suggestion for me. And that last part says it all -- submit to him as to the Lord.
Regardless of how I feel about The Husband at any given time, I am called to respect him.
Thankfully, I do feel The Husband is a man worthy of respect. And I do thank God for that.
To my awesome husband, I do have so much respect for you. Thank you for making it so easy. My prayer is I will actively show you respect, because I don't want you to ever have to wonder if I do. I love you.