Dishes are not our wive’s responsibility. There’s no God-given ordinance that proclaims the wife shall wash the dishes. Everybody uses them and everybody needs to clean them. This applies to the nightly after-dinner job as well as any other time you take a dish out. Stop leaving that plate in the living room. How many coffee cups do you need to leave on your desk at once? Clean your own plate after dinner… don’t stop there either. Clear the whole table.
I’m a husband too. I know that you’re tired. I know you’ve worked all day. That’s not a justifiable excuse though. Our wives are tired too. They’ve worked all day as well. Like it or not, there’s a really good chance that she worked harder than you did… especially if you have young children at home. Fifteen minutes of moving dishes around and putting away the leftovers is a pretty consistent (and easy) way to serve your wife.
I personally love doing the dishes. I don’t have to think and there’s a clear end in sight. Here’s a little bonus to consider: some of the bet conversations Kristie and I have had over the years happened around the kitchen sink. Don’t be afraid to get your hands a little dirty to show your wife how much you love her.
Do you do the dishes with your wife after dinner? How has that blessed her and your marriage?
This is part of a series of posts centered on loving our wives as Christ loved the church.