Face It ~ Men are Different!

13 Sep

Men and women are different by design. We emote differently; our brains are different; and we excel at different tasks, just to name a few.  But really, don’t those differences make you smile sometimes? Even LOL?

“If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base.”

~ Comedian Dave Barry

Pacifier_MyMomRocksI (Dawn) am glad a mom will save her infant’s life rather than catching a soaring baseball headed her way! It’s how God made her! (And I’m sure the kid with the pacifier appreciates it, too!)

Bill and Pam Farrel include some fascinating differences between men and women in their bestselling book, Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti (Harvest House, 2001). For example, “Women make safer choices than men when it comes to smoking, seat belt use, preventative dental care, and having regular blood pressure checks…. Women ask more questions … More than three-fourths of interruptions in conversations are made by men.”

The Farrels, in a quiz for husbands and wives, asked this question:  “True or False: A vacuum cleaner makes an excellent anniversary gift. True! Provided you want it to be your last anniversary.

If a marriage is to succeed, it helps to understand the foundations of marriage. God created both male and female in His image (Genesis 1:26-27).  Man and woman are created equals in value and dignity. You will never find the Bible belittling or demeaning either gender. Men and women share equally in the privileges of redemption (Galatians 3:26-28), and each has spiritual gifts.

But there are two distinct roles, and each has purpose and value in displaying the image of God ~ just as in the Trinity, each person is co-equal and co-equal, they have different roles and functions. But equality does not mean sameness. Man and woman are delightfully different.

Just as it is helpful to understand a person’s personality in marriage in order to properly respond, help, and encourage a spouse ~ when we are operating out of our God-given roles and functions (partially explained in Ephesians 5:22-23, 31-33) , we will fulfill what God designed for marriage.

What “difference” between men and women is the greatest challenge for you? How have you adapted to your partners’ differences?

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