hans and i are participating in a bible study that is focusing on
fortifying our marriages. we are working our way through john
and staci eldredge's love & war, which is four parts silly to one
part helpful. fortunately, the one part has redeemed the rest.
the most helpful suggestions have been to work at keeping some
excitement and a shared sense of purpose in our marriages. they
have really encouraged us, also, to be vigilant in maintaining good
communication and to be willing to fight for our relationship.
none of this is new information, but we all thought that we should
be able to coast by now. ha ha! who ever said that after 30 years
of marriage, we can just recline, put our feet up, and treat each
other with careless disregard?
a healthy, vibrant marriage, like every other force, is subject to the
exponential law of decay. it requires loving care and diligent
maintenance to keep the tiny fissures in the dam from widening
and causing a flood of problems.
one thing the eldredges haven't talked about is the life-giving source
of laughter. i'm convinced that our capacity to laugh together is just
as important our capacity to do . . . other things. :)
"love is kind, does not delight in evil, . . . and is not self-seeking."
1 corinthians 13