Today as I was cleaning up the kitchen, I did something I cannot remember ever doing: I thanked my heavenly Father for the work He has given my hands to do.
My husband calls it “women’s work”. I used to kind of resent the phrase, but today as I pondered on what it meant from the Father’s point of view, I actually came to appreciate the fact that there is women’s work and men’s work. To be honest, I prefer women’s work.
A man has to go out five days a week, eight-ten hours a day to support his family and their needs. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like either. It reminds me of the old postman’s creed which reads: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
Men often have to arise early for their jobs and sometimes have to work late. Yes, we women also should arise early but we have the luxury of maybe sleeping in another hour or so before our workday begins. I am sure that men have days when they’d rather sleep a little more, or stay home altogether, but they don’t.
Some men have outdoor jobs, cold in the winter and hot in the summer, whereas we women can work indoors with fans or air conditioning in the summer and a heater in the winter. Some men’s jobs require heavy lifting, but usually the heaviest thing we women have to lift is a bag of groceries, a basket of laundry or a child in need of a kiss and a hug.
Some men work on vehicles and spend all their days in grease, getting busted knuckles or pinched fingers. There are many other examples of how men do have harder jobs than women. My brother-in-law is a construction worker. He has fallen off a roof, a ladder, and last week he fell through a rotting floor. Women’s jobs are never so dangerous.
So the next time I am tempted to grouse about my “women’s work”, I will stop and compare mine to what men must do. And I will be ever grateful and thank Yahovah for the work He has given my hands to do.
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