I’ve been writing for the past few months in response to your question, Mom, what do I look for in a wife?
I think you expected a short list from me, something you could stick in your pocket and draw out from time to time. Check, check.
Instead you’ve patiently read lots and lots of words from me. In typical Mom-fashion, I’ve rambled on and on, sometimes scaring you away from any idea of dating in the near future, at other times giving you a tantalizing taste of what will be.
And since I am in no hurry to be done with these letters, today I have another long description of what to look for in a wife. Because, you see, you are not only marrying a woman who will be your confidante and lover and companion and helper for the rest of your life… you are marrying the mother of your children.
Think about that for a moment or two.
The Scriptures teach that children are your inheritance from the Lord, a reward to you, a gift.
A man is made strong and validated by his children.
In this era when so many parents have abdicated their roles as mother and father, choosing instead to shrug their shoulders and hope for the best, that is not a very popular mindset. And I am not saying that how your kids turn out is entirely up to you- far from it. As Ruth Bell Graham so simply stated: God has trouble with His kids too.
What I am saying is that who you choose to be the mother of your tribe is of vital importance. She will represent you to your children. She will spend 90% of the time with them, disciplining while you are earning a living, teaching them how to love well, caring for them, pouring into them. Do not underestimate how important her wisdom and ways with your children will be to your own future.
That said, I rummaged around in my files and found this list buried deep, resonating from another era. It was published in the Wall Street Journal a long time ago and yet what wisdom and understanding this list brings to your question for me.
THE MOST CREATIVE JOB IN THE WORLD:
Anyone who can handle all of those has to be somebody special.
That is what you are looking for in a wife, dear son-of-mine!
From my heart,