The old saying goes, “Man may work from sun to sun but woman’s work is never done.”
While the progressing state of gender roles and women in the work force is shifting that mentality in the 21st century, it is a stereotype that one bold husband is trying to redefine once and for all with some godly wisdom.
Even the Proverbs 31 description of the excellent wife has been misconstrued by some to mean the household duties rest solely on the woman who “rises also while it is still night” and whose “lamp does not go out at night.”
She rises also while it is still night, and gives food to her household, and portions to her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, and makes her arms strong. She senses that her gain is good; her lamp does not go out at night.
Between soccer games, school lunches, doctors appointments, diaper changes and the never-ending to-do list, it’s no secret that moms have more than a full-time job on their hands. Many men assert that going out to make money while their wives take care of the kids is a fair trade, butDale Partridgebegs to differ.
“Husbands, we are no more entitled to a restful weekend than our wives,” he wrote in his viral Facebook post, adding that “the luxury of rest is a gift many men steal from their wives each weekend.”
Dale’swords have now traveled around the world, amassing over 170,000 likes and shares.
Most importantly, his powerful message about shattering the cultural standard of the 40-hour work week to share in his wife’s daily burdens is charging men everywhere to rise to the challenge:
She spends all week serving me and the kids. I spend all week serving the bills. Most men think it’s a fair trade, but I doubt it. Husbands, we are no more entitled to a restful weekend than our wives. The badge of “breadwinner” doesn’t authorize us to escape our home duties come Saturday and Sunday. The luxury of rest is a gift many men steal from their wives each weekend. Remember, the 40-hour work week is a cultural standard, but God tells us to share our wive’s burdens and protect her from strain. It’s okay to rest, God even commands it, just make sure you’re not the only one doing it. #DaleyWisdom