The other night I asked Chad what he was reading, he said it was a blog called “The Art of Manliness.” I chuckled, then began to wonder what was on the blog…Mustaches? Beer? Bodily functions? Then I started to think about real manliness, and the man sitting next to me, and what I’ve learned about manliness from him.
I think manliness is…
- working hard, every day, to take care of your family (whether you’re the man who works full-time, or stays home with kids full-time, or goes to school full-time to get a better job)
- being brave enough to walk away from a great job because it takes you away from your family too much (only to realize the “less-than-great” job was better anyway)
- being humble enough to ask for advice, then follow it
- continually studying God’s Word so you can grow, and lead your family
- taking your kids on weekend bike rides
- spending a precious day off with your wife, even though what you might really want is some serious introvert time
- serving at church regularly – because that’s what he’s supposed to do, that’s what he wants to do, and that’s what he wants his kids to see him doing
- not being afraid to tell your wife you miss her, then scheduling a lunch date
There are so many reasons I love, respect, and admire my husband, this list is just a small representation. I offer my thanksgiving to God every day for selecting me to be Chad’s wife. I like to tell Chad that he’s my favorite, he has been every day for nearly 17 years.