Woodn’t You Agree?

September 13, 2013

in the generous life

My husband and son are busy getting firewood for the winter.

We were talking about it later and Paul mentioned how it was a particularly masculine act. He feels good about providing what we need for the winter and it takes a fair amount of strength to cut down trees, haul them home and then cut and split them into the size needed.

I think our culture tends to put down things that are gender specific, but God made us male and female and delights in those differences (He said it was “very good”). I figure it’s a good plan to agree with God and appreciate those things that make us different as well as those things we have in common.

So next time your husband does something that is masculine, be careful not to talk it down. It’s very much a part of his identity. It’s “very good.” Make room for it and appreciate it.

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.  Genesis 1:27  NIV

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Cassie September 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Good point! We sometimes talk about how it is good not to have gender specific chores and such, but I think you make a good point in this! Thank you for sharing!

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Becca September 13, 2013 at 9:09 pm

I agree its amazing what our men do, but as a lifelong farmwife, I have to kind of have to say that gathering and cutting wood is not necessarily gender specific, since I have ran a chainsaw, and loaded hundreds of cords of wood in my life. You do have farm women that read and appreciate the generous wife, and we do hard “masculine” work when necessary. Not disrespecting the men at all, and I am no lumberjack, and am enormously grateful for the wood splitting my husband does, but I am not in the kitchen while he is doing it. I am helping and actually really bonding with him during the hard work.

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Lori - The Generous Wife September 14, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Surely, women can cut firewood and men can cuddle babies (and do it quite well). It’s just that some jobs and activities tend to call out to our basic masculinity or femininity. They satisfy a gender hunger.

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Hannah September 18, 2013 at 10:55 am

I totally agree with you. While I love working alongside my husband and doing things with him, there are things I know he enjoys that are “masculine.” A few weeks ago, Adam & his dad did some male bonding and hiked a 14 mile roundtrip mountain (the tallest in our home state). While I love hiking and I enjoy the great outdoors, I knew how important it was for Adam to get some “man time” in (also I’m not sure how well I would’ve endured) and so I let them go alone. He came back wet (it rained), sore, cramped, and exhausted, but he said it felt good to be a man and be alive.

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James Van Handel September 20, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Took link from G Husband to here. Doing “security” at a Secret Keeper Girl event. Though this maybe about manly stuff. There is nothing like 500 eight to 12 year old girls w/hair crazy hair pink shoes, purple skirts, and a sparkly top to remind you girls are girls! We celebrate that girls are girls, and boys are boys and just let them be that way even into their 50’s and beyond.

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