I struggle with this one.
I have no problem with considering my wife a worthy one. Far from it.
Married men, how often have we thought of our wives as a prize?
Maybe my problem is that, when I hear prize, I imagine people carrying around a wife like she's one of those oversized teddy bears at the county fair.
One of the characteristics of "the ideal wife" (the writer of this section of Proverbs calls it this) is that she is an unfailing prize, however. That means she never goes away, one who always stands by her husband's side no matter what.
The bigger thing, for me, is entrusting my heart to my wife. Yes, we're married. But there's a difference between saying that your wife has your heart and actually giving your love to her completely.
It makes me vulnerable. But that's no different than how we should love God — completely and no holding back and having full trust that my wife will also follow God's direction.
I've been studying a small part of this section for today's first reading at Mass later today. When you get a chance, read this entire section (chapter 31, verses 10-31). It really puts into context how we should live for each other and how a wife complements her husband.
Married men, let's show, and tell, our wives how much we appreciate what they do. For a worthy one is worth more than we can ever earn, and infinitely more prized than that teddy bear at the fair.
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