Thinking Things Through
Is your marriage a delight to you—or is your career or your hobby what really charges your engines? Do you exist in marriage for your wife, or does she exist to serve and further your interests and desires? Where do your greatest passions lie?
Guys, these are important questions you must ask yourself from time to time. But truth be told, you’re not always as skilled as you could be about examining your life. Furthermore, you’re not always as honest as you should be about the difference between what you formally profess to be true and the values you affirm by our day-to-day decisions and actions.
Therefore, I want to pose several questions for you to ponder over the next several days to help you discern the health of your marriage. My hope is that they’ll help you identify any areas and issues that need your attention.
- Does your wife’s face brighten when you enter the room? Does she rise to kiss you?
- Does your wife long for your embrace? Does she love to chat with you, even about the so-called little things of life?
- When her feelings have been hurt, or her dreams have been shattered, is it you that she seeks or does she turn elsewhere?
- Do you guard her honor and preserve the integrity of your marriage, even when she’s out of sight?
Men, your wife’s a gift from God—a true treasure. Love and honor her accordingly!
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.