We are celebrating our 37th wedding anniversary this week, so we’re providing something special for you while we’re away. We’re calling it Vintage Week where we re-post some of our best posts from past years that you might have missed. We hope you’ll enjoy them.
Are You Listening?
How often do we tune out the voices of those around us? We get so caught up in our duties and schedules that we miss wonderful opportunities to bless our spouse.
Recently Tom mentioned briefly on the phone that he couldn’t wait to come home. He obviously had had a difficult day, and our home is the place he comes to for retreat. When he walked in the door I took his hand and led him to his favorite chair in our room. Waiting on the table for him was a plate of his favorite munchies, a cold drink and the book he’s currently reading. I left him alone until dinner giving him time to relax and unwind.
More times than not, I miss these opportunities. It’s not because I don’t care for or love my husband. It’s because I’m not listening on a regular basis for ways to bless, encourage and romance the man of my life. It can be tempting to react with thoughts like, “I’m just as busy as he is…I need a break too!” But the Bible tells us to treat others, not in the same way they treat us, but the way that we would like to be treated. Someone has to go first – why not you?
Let’s purpose to listen for hints as to the needs and wants of our spouses. This is one small way to communicate our love for them that is sure to have a lasting impact.