In every marriage there are certain tasks and jobs that are done by either the husband or wife. In our marriage, for example, my husband works outside of the home as a pastor, counselor, and author. I work inside the home as a homemaker, homeschool teacher, and writer. Both of us do things around the house as necessary, and of course we work together to raise the kids.
We each have our jobs that God has prepared specifically for each of us and we also have jobs that we do together. This should make for a very harmonious and productive marriage. Well, that is until comparison creeps in.
I am going to guess that if you are married, you have played the comparison game in your marriage at least a few times. I know I have.
"Oh, it must be nice to be able to take a nap on Sunday afternoons while I have to watch the kids and clean up the kitchen."
"You think your job is harder? You got to spend the day with adults."
"How tired are you? Well, I'm 10 times more tired because I had to get up in the middle of the night."
Some of us may not say these things out loud, but we think them. We compare who slept more or better, whose day was longer, whose week will be more busy, who feels more sick, whose headache is worse, and who cleaned up more. It sounds ridiculous but many, if not all of us, are guilty of it.
It is a dangerous road to be on because this kind of comparison within marriage will lead to a whole host of ungodly attitudes.