Tom and I went to a restaurant after our church service yesterday. It was a busy place with people everywhere. One of the servers (not our’s mind you) walked passed our table and noticed our two empty paper straw covers. He grabbed them and threw them in the trash. Why did I notice this? I don’t know, maybe because I thought it was unusual that a server from another station would take the time to remove trash from our table when, #1 – our server wasn’t around to notice, and #2 – he wouldn’t get a tip from us. This proved one thing – he was a server with real character. He was doing his job with the big picture in mind–if the restaurant does well, he will keep his job. If he goes above and beyond his sphere of responsibilities, it will help everyone succeed.
Imagine hypothetically that you are a server in a restaurant, and the way you treat your spouse at home would determine how well you did your job.
Would you be a server who did jobs that weren’t your responsibility simply because it helped the house function as a whole? Or would you be one who walked passed the trash on the table because it wasn’t your station? Would you be demanding that other servers do things for you to make your job easier, but fail to give back?
In marriage it’s important to remember we are a team.
If one spouse is constantly working while the other is free to do the things they want to do, then the marriage is off balance. God has called us to prefer one another in love.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
(Philippians 2:3-4 ESV)
I realize this is an unusual metaphor, but I think it’s worth considering. Who knows? If you take this idea a bit further and do a really great job, you might just get a good tip! 🙂 The more you give yourself away in self-sacrifice, the more likely your spouse will take notice and do likewise.
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”(Acts 20:35 ESV)
In what ways can you go out of your way this week to serve your spouse in a sacrificial way? Maybe you’re already doing this. If so, do you sense God’s pleasure in your willingness to give yourself away?
I have a philosophy of leaving a room better than when you walked in. I’ve tried to extend that thought into many other areas of my life including my relationship with my husband. I think it’s good for me to always be thinking how I can be a better wife today than I was yesterday. Having this as my mindset keeps serving my husband at the front of my thinking and it stimulates me to come up with new and innovative ideas, some big, most small, but all of them training me to be a little less selfish which benefits BOTH of us.
What a great idea! I’ve heard that when picking up around the house you should never touch the same thing twice. In other words, put it where it belongs the first time. This also goes for mail–get it at the mailbox and proceed to throw away what is junk and file what must be kept. So simple, but so hard to do consistently. Thanks for adding this excellent tip! May I use it for a future Healthy Marriage Tip?
LOL Of course you may use it as a Healthy Marriage Tip. I’m all for helping marriages to thrive…….
Thank you so much! 🙂
Let all you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 I think that pretty much says it.
Isn’t the Bible perfect to tell us in a few words how to live our life for His kingdom? Thanks for adding this Scripture to the mix. Can’t wait to see you soon!
Such a wonderful tip. I pray I remember to do this when I’m married.
I know I need to be more selfless.
Thank you for sharing
Thank you for commenting. You know, this works for all relationships, so until you are married, you can practice on your friends.