Natural born leader: Adam being the first man was given the duty to name all the creatures, care for creation and to create.
Suitable helper: Eve was created to be the perfect counterpart to her husband Adam. She was not made to follow him around and clean up after him, but to partner with him in his duties of care and creating.
Now unfortunately due to sin these roles have been all screwed up. Men are raised without courage. Women are power hungry. Families are torn apart by divorce. Single parents struggle to fill the role of both mother and father. Women do not have strong men to lead their families. And so many men either are too aggressive or not even truly present for their families. Women all too quickly step in and take charge, never giving husbands a chance. We are not connected to each other as husband and wife and we don't get our roles. But Titus chapter 2 gives us a window into how it should go. I encourage you to check it out.
"In the same way, encourage the young men to be self-controlled in everything.
Make yourself an example of good works with integrity and dignity in your teaching.
Your message is to be sound beyond reproach,
so that the opponent will be ashamed, having nothing bad to say about us."
Titus 2: 6-8
We are hoping to stop this cycle with strong biblical teaching, example and a whole lot of prayer! Last year we taught a Bible class written by John Piper based on his book What's the Difference and let me tell you that raised a lot of eye brows. We talked about submission, leadership in the church and how we fit into all that. One other book I highly recommend is Wild at Heart by John Eldridge, a must read for all men and any women with a husband or sons. My goal today is not to spell it out for you, but my hope is that at least today it will peak your interest and just maybe you will dive into scripture and see what it has to say.
The other day I had proof that maybe we were getting through to at least one of our boys. Levi and I are just starting our Kindergarten year together and we needed to review letter names and identify things that were created by God or man made. In the interest of time I figured out a way to combine the activities. Each letter was on a puzzle piece that corresponded with a brightly colored picture starting with that letter. We made our way through the pieces matching A and apple then shouting God created. And so it went. B and ball, man made. C and cat, God created. Then we got to J. Jam. Levi just nonchalantly says, "women made." moves onto K. The end. To him that was a logical answer. I laughed hysterically, high-fived him and immediately called my husband. I love my job!