|Her Favorite Flower
By Steve Higginbotham
A husband and a wife were
sitting before a marriage counselor, seeking his help. While
the husband seemed oblivious to any problems, the wife
complained about how inattentive he is to her. The counselor
decided to test the husband and asked him, "What is your
wife's favorite flower? To which the husband proudly and
unhesitantly replied, "I know this one. I buy it for her all
the time." He then leaned over, affectionately patted his
wife's arm and said, "It's Pillsbury, isn't it honey?"
While we may chuckle at the
above fictional story, real-life marriage problems are
anything but funny. Yet, more and more people find themselves
in failing marriages. Statistics tell us that one out of
every two marriages entered into is broken in the courtroom.
I am forced to wonder of those that aren't officially broken
in the courtroom, how many are broken in the heart?
While I understand that
marriage problems are often complex, and wounds inflicted by
hurtful words and actions take time to heal, the key to a
successful marriage is selflessness.
If we could stop concentrating
on having our own needs met, and rather, focus on ways to meet
the needs of our spouse, our marriages would flourish. Give
rather than receive. Serve rather than be served. Minister
rather than be ministered unto. Look out for the interests of
others, not just your own interests, etc.
It almost sounds like something
our Lord would say, now doesn't it?
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South Green Street Church of Christ, Glasgow, Kentucky
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