Taking out the trash. It’s not glamorous. It’s stinky. It’s grody. There are diapers involved.
And it is never-ending. As soon as my husband has removed a full bag and replaced it with an empty trash sack, the bin seems well on its way to being full again.
But it never overflows.
He always empties it. Always. Without fail.
And how often do I say thank you?
I mean I say thank you for the wonderful things–for the surprises, for the gifts, for the treats…
…when he brings home pizza so I don’t have to cook…
…when he goes above and beyond…
But do I say thanks for the everyday mundane?
Because when we start to have the perspective that “it’s his duty; he had BETTER fulfill it,” we miss the blessing of our husbands’ sacrificial love for us through every routine chore and action. Do we say thanks for the things he “ought” to do?
Sometimes a great way to love your husband is the most simple:
Thank you for taking out the trash
thank you for putting your laundry in the hamper
thank you for shoveling the drive when it snows
thank you for being home for dinner
thank you for working hard
thank you for changing the oil
thank you for paying the bills
thank you for coaching the boys’ teams
just thank you.
Thank you for taking care of our family so well.
Can you find [at least] ten reasons to thank your husband for the things “he ought to do” this week? You might be surprised by his reaction (and the blessing it will be to your marriage).