Monday, March 4, 2013

"Don't Screw it Up" - Bringing Out The Best In Your Spouse

There is a video making rounds on You Tube and Facebook that many believe is the most touching handover speech by a bride's father. This awesome Dad ends by advising his son-in- law not to "screw up" all the hard work he and God have done on his daughter.

I think all married men and women should take this advice. In the early days of many relationships, the guy or girl might have mused "You always know what to say" and in the perfect response the other would be like "Yeah, it's 'cos you bring out the best in me" these are some of the sentiments that inform the decision to tie the knot in the first place. He wasn't a rainbow but he would always make you smile, she wasn't a motivational speaker but she always left you inspired, you gave each other that "glow" -with love like this, you could face the world.

Throughout our Christian walk, God takes us through experiences that help us grow and develop further for the purpose for which he has called us. So when you marry a loving, patient, wise, spouse, know that didn't happen by default. They have gone through the potter and he has molded them, a lot of work has been done in their lives.

If you married the love of your life, and he or she had a fire for the Lord, had a smile that could light up a room, wanted to serve God relentlessly, wanted to make you the happiest man or woman alive, then you were blessed; blessed with the huge responsibility of keeping him or her that way and helping them get even better.

How you go about this, might be very complicated or sometimes as easy as getting her her favorite chocolates once in awhile or lending support when he wants to helping new believers find their way, you might have to be creative and patient but don't let life happen to that smile or that "glow" or the hunger to serve God, fan that flame so that it can bless others. Remember it's the same wind that extinguishes candles that also fans fires....Don't screw it up.

Ijeoma Olujekun

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