Live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman.
1 Peter 3:7
Each fall, a ski resort in Maine hosts an event that is little known to the rest of the nation: the North American Wife Carrying Championship. To compete, husbands transport their wives through a hilly, 278-yard obstacle course that includes a 20-foot trough of water and 2 log hurdles. They can carry their wives in whatever way suits their running style–piggyback, fireman’s carry or the more popular “Estonian” method, with the wife upside down across his back, legs crossed around his neck, arms held around his waist. The only enforceable rule is that she not touch the ground.
Ex-Olympians are sometimes among the contestants, while others are probably just there hoping for the first prize: the wife’s weight in beer, plus five times her weight in cash and a thousand-dollar voucher toward a trip to the World Wife-Carrying Championship in Finland. (I’m serious.)
Admittedly, this event sounds a bit crude and primitive. But there is nothing archaic about a wife needing her husband to carry her sometimes–to be her strength during a tough stretch of circumstances, to stand with her in prayer, to be the broad shoulders she leans on when life gets heavy.
Yes, I’ve “dropped” Barbara a few times over the years. But I’ve had the privilege of shouldering her load in life-and-death health issues, a teenager’s rebellion and dozens of those pesky parenting issues that can wear a mom down. We have our own race to run and it’s an honor to carry her.
Husbands, be there for your wife. Listen. Care. And if need be, carry her.
And, wives, don’t try to do it all by yourself. Lean on your husband. Let him help you. God will give him the strength. We need to be there for each other.
Husbands, do you “carry” your wife well? What is one area of life right now where you need to be doing a better job of bearing her load?
Pray that you will learn appropriate dependence on each other.