This morning I crept back into the bedroom to kiss my wife good bye before catching an early flight out to Malaysia.
Groggily she muttered, “I forgot to pack your ties…Wes (our son) called last night…Do you have handkerchiefs?” A hug, a kiss – and out the door to the airport…savoring that warm sense of belonging.
This is my woman and I am her man.
HERE ARE FIVE GOOD REASONS WHY OUR MARRIAGE WORKS:
#1 We take time to cultivate a close walk with Christ, thereby helping to insure the fact that we share a common vision and mission.
“Let us draw near [to God] with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith…May…God…give you a spirit of unity as you follow Christ Jesus…” (Heb. 10:22a; Rom. 15:5a)
# 2 We respect each other in our differences; we take each other seriously.
“There are different kinds of gifts…ministries…(and) effects, but the same God works all of them in all men.” (1 Cor. 12:4-6)
#3 We choose to identify and attack our problems rather than each other.
“…Let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead…” (I Pet. 3:8,9a)
#4 We laugh a lot, taking time to play and have fun together.
“A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, but when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.” (Prov. 15:13)
#5 I lead and she follows.
“Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church….” (Eph. 5:22a)
Ruth has hung in there with me these 33 years, through the easy and tough times, clearly understanding the term “helpmate”. (Genesis 2:18) We most likely are in the 4th quarter of our lives now. I understand we are now viewed as “Senior Citizens”. When I return home in a few days, we’ll probably spend the evening playing Scrabble and tennis, and then relax around an old movie. We’ve not had better days…
My prayer is that you are having a great week!
R. Dwight Hill