My husband Gene and I sat at the outdoor table of our favorite restaurant. A warm Orlando breeze lifted my hair as we reviewed the menu. I smiled across the table at the married couple, our friends for years. We all had a hard time choosing from the delicacies offered.
But what wasn’t difficult was finding topics to talk about. We laughed and chatted until the issue of chores came up.
“I think a bomb could go off and he’d not notice if he was in the middle of watching a football game,” the wife said, “and you’d think he would clean the mess he makes. But no, guess who has to do the cleaning? Me, of course.”
An uncomfortable silence hovered over the four of us.
The husband gave a nervous chuckle. “”I guess I’m just a bad guy.”
I took a deep breath and changed the subject. But that night I remembered a powerful advice we once received in a marriage weekend. ‘Never criticize your spouse in the presence of others.”
Did I do that? Swallowing my shame I confess I did. That’s why I was forced to find the instructions that could correct my mistakes.
The best resource for this was God. It was His Word. It was His outline of what love should be.
Based on 1 Corinthian 13, here are the ten steps Gene and I followed for our marriage to last nearly 42 years:
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