Question and Answer
On Sunday, September 22, 2019, I finished the study of Colossians in a whirlwind. Two of the verses we hit as we hustled to end of the book were 3:18-19: “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.”
Well after the service was over, and too late to clarify, I received this text question: “If my wife is wanting to help, though I don’t want help, isn’t she fulfilling her role as a helper that is built into her?”
Here’s my guess as to the question’s origin. In the course of talking about wives respecting their husbands, I very likely spoke in terms of wives who want to be overly helpful. I was trying to be tongue-in-cheek and I was using “helpful” as a euphemism for “controlling” or “back-seat driving.” Certainly, a wife can be helpful without looking over her husband’s shoulder and/or second guessing his actions. I need help running my household, even if I don’t need help with the particular project I’m working on this minute. (This is one of those times I wish the textline wasn’t anonymous – because I have no idea if I’m answering your question). I will confess that the expression I used and that I assume the texter is responding to, may have been influenced by a Tim Hawkins sketch called “Helper in the Car.” LOL.
I don’t know who clicks on “Pastor’s Blog” who might not also click on “Prayer Bulletin,” but for those who might not see the PB, I just want to ask you to pray three things for our congregation:
- Pray that we would reach OUT. We, the Church, have one commission, but life gets so busy it’s easy to forget our first and foremost task. At the very least, we can invite friends, neighbors, and co-workers to church!
- Pray that we would reach reach IN. Fellowship, friendship, touching lives, and meeting needs ought to be part of the community experience that is Word of Grace Fellowship. Pray that this would start with open hearts on Sunday morning and continue with thoughtful alertness throughout the week, every week. This isn’t an institutional (staff) prayer request; this a body prayer request (Eph 4:16), but often in the same way life keeps us too busy to witness, “churchiness” can keep us too busy take time to know one another’s needs.
- Pray that God’s people would supply for the financial needs of WOGF. The last two months have fallen short and I have been told before, you can’t help if you don’t know…. Please help and please beseech the One Who owns all those cattle!!
Yours because I’m His,