Great marriages don't happen by accident, they're built by two people who give of themselves day after day. Some of the best building blocks in a marriage are patience, love, and respect. But there are so many more. In "The Virtuous Life" series we talked about valuing others and serving them from a heart of humility. Some days building comes easy and other days it takes down-on-our-knees heart-wrenching prayer as we lift our marriage up to the Lord. But every day is a chance to grow closer together.
Two of the most important elements in any marriage are bonding and unity. God didn't create woman from the dust of the earth, but rather took her out of the man that they might one day return to that state of union.
The two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh -- Mark 10:8.
There's an emphasis in our society for personal growth, and I love it as much as the next person. In fact I think I'm a self help junkie some days! I love to read books that teach me something and motivate me to grow spiritually and physically. The problem however is that while there's a lot of emphasis on feeling great, being happy, working out, and pleasing me, myself, and I -- there's little emphasis placed on others.
[Read the rest of the article at The Time-Warp Wife.]