In light of the fact that there's a marriage workshop at our church this weekend, I thought I'd share this one:
This post is part of "Five Minute Friday" where we get five minutes to write on a one-word topic. Today's word is "GIFT" if you choose to join us, it's pretty simple. Don't worry about editing or rewriting, just let the words flow for five minutes. And then stop and share with others!
God's Word tells us that children are a gift. So is marriage. I've been doing some reading, and there are a few points I've come across that I think are worth sharing. In marriage, you should:
- Be as considerate to your spouse as you are to strangers and coworkers.
- Consider what your mate has asked you to do or not do. If in doubt, ask.
- Treat your mate the way you want to be treated.
Do you treat others better than the way you treat your spouse? If so, why? Why would you treat someone you haven't made a lifelong commitment to, someone you haven't exchanged vows with, better than you treat the one you promised to love?
Over time, we can treat our marriages with a casualness they don't deserve. We get sloppy and careless. The busyness of life, the arrival of children, the interference of others who have their own interests and needs, can get in the way. If this is the case in your life and you're interested in transforming your marriage relationship (you should be!), think about what you can do to be more considerate and respectful.
If in doubt, ask. Give your mate the gift of your care.