Thank you for joining us for our five days per week wisdom and legacy building podcast. This is Day 905 of our trek, and it is time for a 3-minute mini-trek called Wisdom Unplugged. Thank you for joining me on this trek called life. This short nugget of wisdom includes an inspirational quote with a little bit of additional content for today’s trek. Consider this your vitamin supplement of wisdom for today. So let’s jump right in with today’s nugget.
Today’s quote is from Mignon McLaughlin, and it is, “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”
Marriage is the blending of two uniquely created people into an even greater entity where the whole is much greater than the sum of its individual parts. It is a picture of Christ and His church. When a man and a woman choose to love each other as themselves, it is a beautiful picture.
Marriage is much more than falling in love because that is based on feelings and circumstances. That is purely infatuation, which will eventually taper off. A marriage that is successful is one where both spouses choose to love each other every day, regardless of the circumstances of that day.
A successful marriage is where both spouses are 100% committed to what is best for the other spouse. A successful marriage is one of mutual admiration and submitting to the other. A successful marriage is where both spouses will challenge each other to fully reach their God-given potential. A successful marriage is one that strengthens each other, shows kindness to each other, respect for each other, and shows unconditional love to each other.
Paula and I will be celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary in August, and desire to be a picture to our children, grandchildren, and everyone that we impact of what a mature, healthy marriage should be. It is a marriage of choice. Choosing to love and respect each other new every day. That is what is required.
The passage that sums up a successful marriage the best is Ephesians [5:21]-33,
And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.
For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. And we are members of his body.
As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
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I am Guthrie Chamberlain reminding you to Keep Moving Forward, Enjoy Your Journey, and Create a Great Day Everyday! See you tomorrow for Wisdom Wednesday!