Day 252: Reading _The Meaning of Marriage_ Together

June 13, 2012

Earlier this year, I read Timothy Keller’s The Meaning of Marriage for one of my acts of love. Recently, our church started a kind of marriage seminar based on that book. We joined it. I read half of the first chapter to you for my 252nd act of love in preparation for the first session of that seminar.

In that passage, Keller gave some statistics on marriage. As is commonly known, divorce rates have been steadily increasing for years. But another fact about marriage is maybe less commonly known: in general, people who get married and stay married are happier with their lives than people who stay single or get divorced.

I’ve found that my married life is more satisfying than my single life was. The former’s tough, though. Maybe even tougher than the latter. (Perhaps I’ve forgotten just how tough it is to be single.) Still, marriage can be a great source of joy, part of which comes by perseverance through its hardships. If only people would endure through marital hardships (though some marriages shouldn’t be endured), they might find a tighter unity with their spouse and a deeper satisfaction with their marriage once the hardships pass.

 


Day 113: Washing the Dishes

January 19, 2012

You’re at a meeting right now and will be for another few hours. When you come home, you’ll be tired and you’ll want to just relax a little before you go to bed. However, it’s your turn to wash the dishes and you hate that job. So, I’m going to wash those dishes as soon as I publish this post. I’ll find joy in doing it because I know how happy it’ll make you. I’m making your happiness my happiness. And just for good measure, I’m throwing in a free neck massage.


Day 25: Pedicure

October 24, 2011

Lately, you’ve been exhausted because of our newborn, so yesterday I chose an act that would give you some rest and rejuvenation–I watched the kids with my brother while you went out with my sister-in-law to get a pedicure. You seemed to enjoy yourself because you came back giddy and glowing. On top of that, you gave me a warm, intimate hug and thanked me for letting you go. Just seeing and experiencing you that way made me feel happy and refreshed. Your french tips look great, by the way. They complement your natural beauty.


Day 6

October 5, 2011

On day six, I gave you a love note. I’ve already given you flowers, so now all I’m missing is chocolate (unless chocolate ice cream counts). As the days progress, I’ll be forced to repeat myself or actually be creative in deciding what loving acts to commit. The love note needed to happen, though, because you’re always telling me how much you like them and how I never give them. So, overall, I’m happy with the acts I’ve chosen. You’re happy, I’m happy, and our relationship is already warming (not that it was ice cold).