Thursday, January 31, 2013

My Love Dare: Day 11

Husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. ~ Ephesians 5:28




Day 11: Love cherishes

This might come as a shock to you, but I am an imperfect person.

(gasp! I know, right? heehee)

Well, here’s another news flash. We are all imperfect people. Yes, despite what you may think, this is true. Each and everyone of us is flawed. So it only stands to reason that we are going to end up married to imperfect people.


The question is: how to we react to those imperfections?

Look down. If the rug at your feet was showing some flaws, maybe had a few stains (mistakes) you would likely get rid of it and replace it. But if your foot was hurt, bruised, broken, or kept tripping up, you wouldn’t cut it off and just get a new one – would you? Of course not! Why? Because it’s a part of you. Instead you would probably do whatever you could within your power to fix the problem and keep the foot.  You would nurture it, treat it gently until it healed.  You would even consult experts to help. Right?

The problem today is that too many people treat our spouses - our marriages - like the rug.

In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church -- ~ Ephesians 5:28 – 29

Society talks a lot about self. Love yourself. Respect yourself. Trust yourself. Nurture yourself.

When you look at your spouse, you are looking at a part of you. When you show him love; you show love to yourself. When you hurt or mistreat him, you are doing the same thing to yourself. So… treat him well. Cherish him. Respect him. Nurture him. Love him.

TODAY’S DARE: WHAT NEED DOES YOUR SPOUSE HAVE THAT YOU COULD MEET TODAY? CAN YOU RUN AN ERRAND? GIVE A BACK RUB OR FOOT MASSAGE? IS THERE HOUSEWORK YOU COULD HELP WITH? CHOOSE A GESTURE THAT SAYS, “I CHERISH YOU” AND DO IT WITH A SMILE.

Easy peasey!  I knew darn good and well that The Man of the House needed to take the painter's tape off the door; and I was more than happy to knock that task off his To-Do list for him!  And you know what?  I actually did enjoy it.  Knowing I was helping to lighten his load, even with that simple task, made me feel really good.

I also finally got around to making that banana pudding for him!

Answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” ~ Mark 10:51



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