Marriage and Family

Dewater 4

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself;” Philippians 2:3

I love the outdoors! I love lakes! I love rivers! I love trails! I love God’s Creation! Last summer, we went for a hike at Multnomah falls. The switch-back trail to the top is a killer! It’s steep, it’s tiring, it’s downright tough! I think some of us were ready to turn around and give up! But, we were glad that we didn’t. The reward of the view from the platform above was worth it!

Do you ever have trouble in your marriage? Do you ever feel like your marriage is steep, tiring, and downright tough? As sure as the waterfall that flows over the cliff will fall to the ground; trouble and conflict will arise in marriage. Does that mean you should run? Does that mean you should give up?

The best marriages in the world go through hard times. The best marriages in the world know what pain is. The best marriages in the world know what struggle is. The best marriages in the world practice the scripture above.

I personally struggle with the first four words of that verse… I like me. I like comfort. I like pleasure. I like, I like, I like…

If I want to have the best marriage in the world (And I do!), I need to practice not focusing on me, me, me, but on her, her, her…

When both, husband and wife, take on the attitude of “regard one another as more important than him/herself”, you are on the trail to the best marriage in the world. Remember, that trail can be steep, that trail can be tiring, that trail can be downright tough. Don’t give up! There is great reward at the top! (much more than at Multnomah Falls!)

My encouragement for us this week: Practice treating your spouse as the most important person in the world! It will be worth it!

Have a Great Week!

Marriage Scripture

Ephesians 5:22-33