in the last few weeks, I have learned an important word that when practiced can keep a marriage healthy and strong.
there will be a time when you and your spouse may have differing opinions. or you don’t agree on plans. or your spouse asks for your help even though you really don’t want to do it (like driving on a construction/pot-hole/ice filled freeway)
you will be asked to sacrifice plans/time/effort/feelings/wants/desires/comfort for the needs and wants of your spouse.
it doesn’t come easy. in fact sometimes sacrifice can be very hard. it is not something that always happens instinctively.
but it will always be worth it.
to put another’s needs/wants/feelings above your own is something that can be very rewarding.
a definition of sacrifice that I love is: To sacrifice is to give up something valuable or precious, often with the intent of accomplishing a greater purpose or goal.
as I have contemplated this word sacrifice and thought about it’s place in my marriage, I have realized that with sacrifice comes a greater love, respect and understanding for my husband.
I have seen how we complement each other. I have recognized Adam’s strengths. I have appreciated his efforts. and more importantly, I have appreciated more the times where Adam sacrifices as well.
I am sure there will be times where I will want to focus on myself instead of my husband and need a swift reminder about the importance of sacrifice.
I am not perfect.
but I know I can continue to improve and be with my family for time and all eternity
:::this is something that I learned after our foiled Christmas plans. and so I guess I did learn something after all.…