Valentines Hashtag #MWIA
I’m getting tired of the stereotypical youth pastor/minister/pastor, with their incessant exclamation that their “Wife is Hotttttt!!!” as their only justification for their wife’s existence or why they love her, etc. A while back I started using a hashtag #MWIA (my wife is awesome) and thought I can explain it to you so we could start praising our wives(or spouses) in an edifying way to them.
I was reading Proverbs 31, and thought about the phrase that says in vs 28 that her husband praises her. This comes after a laundry list of aptitudes that this wife of nobility has. I’ll list the Proverb Below:
Prov. 31:1 ¶ The words of King Lemuel, the 1oracle which his mother taught him:
Prov. 31:2 ¶ What, O my son?
And what, O son of my womb?
And what, O son of my vows?
Prov. 31:3 Do not give your strength to women,
Or your ways to that which destroys kings.
Prov. 31:4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Or for rulers to desire strong drink,
Prov. 31:5 For they will drink and forget what is decreed,
And pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
Prov. 31:6 Give strong drink to him who is perishing,
And wine to him whose life is bitter.
Prov. 31:7 Let him drink and forget his poverty
And remember his trouble no more.
Prov. 31:8 Open your mouth for the mute,
For the rights of all the unfortunate.
Prov. 31:9 Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.
Prov. 31:10 ¶ An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.
Prov. 31:11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
Prov. 31:12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
Prov. 31:13 She looks for wool and flax
And works with her hands in delight.
Prov. 31:14 She is like merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
Prov. 31:15 She arises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.
Prov. 31:16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard.
Prov. 31:17 She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
Prov. 31:18 She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
Prov. 31:19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle.
Prov. 31:20 She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
Prov. 31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
Prov. 31:22 She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Prov. 31:23 Her husband is known ain the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
Prov. 31:24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies belts to the tradesmen.
Prov. 31:25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.
Prov. 31:26 She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Prov. 31:27 She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Prov. 31:28 Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
Prov. 31:29 “Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.”
Prov. 31:30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Prov. 31:31 Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.
What I want is for us Men to Start Modeling the Biblical Way to Praise our Wives.
When our wife does something good, or great we should compliment her publicly. How do we know this is public? Proverbs 31:31. Her husband is standing there at the city gates telling all of her great works.
We don’t have city gates like back then (town square).
What we have now is social media, like facebook and twitter.
What I propose is to make a hashtag #MWIA to exclaim everything our spouses do that is great.
This modeling is much more biblical than saying your wife is hot, and it models to the younger men what is to be looked for in a spouse, and to the females we are around how men should act around them. Based on Proverbs 31 and other biblical sources, we can praise our wives well and help build them up in a world that tears them down.
So please join me in creating and spreading a new hashtag!
#MWIA (How bout yours?)