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This service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God. 2 CORINTHIANS 9:12
The following letter is my number one favorite. I think you’ll see why. Dear Sirs, I don’t know what you did with my real mom and dad, but I love the ones you’ve sent me. My parents were among the hundreds of couples at your marriage conference this past weekend, and boy—are they different!
1. Every day since they got back, they’ve been talking over what they learned and comparing notes from their workbooks over dinner.
2. Notice I said they’ve been talking instead of arguing.
3. My dad now calls my mom “my wife” instead of “your mother.”
4. They talk about legacies, communication, and understanding each other.
5. My mom actually asks my dad to do things instead of expecting him to offer—and he says yes!
6. They’re even holding hands—creepy!
What did you do to them?
The letter goes on and on, talking about what a miracle this is. But perhaps even more encouraging is the way this woman internalized what she was seeing. God was changing her whole perspective on what to expect in her own future. I sent to you a man and woman who had been married for 27 years and who had given up all hope of happiness. You returned me two people committed to the goal of having a fulfilling and godly relationship with one another, living out the rest of their days in love and hope. Looking at them now has made me rethink my own dreaded fears concerning marriage. Your marriage is not just about you. It’s about being a powerful example of hope to a world desensitized by divorce and disappointment. When God works in your own relationship, He uses it to make waves among your children and in the lives of people who know you best.
Talk about the evidence of hope you see in the marriages of those you know best.
When you’re tempted to act selfishly, ask God to help you see that your actions affect others. Pray that your marriage will give your children hope.