My Father-in-law is living with us and I recently asked if he liked eggs. He told a story of how he used to make fried eggs for his wife who passed away last year. It brought a smile to his face just recounting how he used to take care of her. Even though her last few years were difficult physically, he loved her. He expressed his love in unselfish acts of service that brought joy not only to her, but to him as well.
What things are you doing today that you’ll remember fondly in the years to come?
We just arrived at our cabin a few days ago. This is the first time we’ve been back since last August. Many of you may have seen my Instagram post about the surprise Tom had for me. He hired our lawn company a couple of months ago to start planting flowers and evergreens everywhere! He surprised me so much so that all I could do was cry at the sight of it. I cried more because of the thoughtful planning Tom did to pull this off. He loves me and these flowers will always stand as a testimony of his commitment to us.
I recently read about flowers in that they are beautiful, but temporary. Even the Bible says they are here one day and gone the next. But its important to know that their purpose outlives them; when they are in full bloom they provide nectar and pollen to help other plants become fruitful and multiply.
“The true ideal flower is the one that uses its gifts as a means to an end; the brightness and sweetness are not for its own glory; they are but to attract the bees and butterflies that will fertilize and make it fruitful. All may go when the work is done—‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” –Miriam Huffman Rockness, Images of Faith pg 140
Flowers give beauty and benefit putting forth their best self for the good of others. I was happy to see bumble bees and hummingbirds already receiving good from my newly planted flower garden.
We would do well in our marriages to learn from the flowers of the field.
In what ways do you put forth your best self in order to bless your spouse? In what way has your spouse done this for you? Spend some time recounting the good together. Why not plan a surprise for your spouse that will bless them at the thought of what you did. These are the things we’ll remember fondly in the years to come. It doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate either; it can be as simple as a healthy breakfast. How do you like your eggs?