I am setting an example for my daughters every day.
This is true in many areas, but especially in the way I treat my husband. By my words and actions, I show them my respect (or lack thereof) for him and the God-given position he has in our family. Our girls will notice and treat him – and most likely their future husband – in a similar manner.
Here are three simple ways I’m seeking to set a right example of respect for my husband.
1. Speak positively about him to my children, parents, friends, etc. Yes, he does have faults, but the only person that needs to hear about those is the Lord when I pray. I want to notice and praise his good qualities.
2. Be totally honest with him in my words and actions. I should participate in the same activities whether he’s at home or not. Hiding a purchase so he won’t know how much I spent is not helpful to our relationship. I want to live my life transparently before him.
3. Trust his judgment. My husband has helpful insight on many matters – especially our children – and his input is valuable. When it comes to making decisions for our family, we discuss alternatives, then he ultimately has the final say. I want to be supportive, not second-guessing him or whining about not getting my way, regardless of the outcome.
In what other ways can we show respect for our husbands?