Friday, October 14, 2011

Love always takes maintenance- kindness is a big part of that!

Merle & Evelyn Lashey

Married December 20, 1946

Marion, Ohion

Merel and Evelyn well remember the moment they first saw each other. Merle was a basketball player, Evelyn a cheerleader for the rival school. Their eyes met, and needless to say, Merle played a great game that night!


Home maintenance requires a great deal of money, time and effort. A broken shingle must be replaced, a torn screen mended, a squeaky hinge oiled, a leaky tap fixed. Yet how pleasant is it to live in a house where the roof keeps out the rain, the windows keep out the bugs, the doors swing freely- and ne'er the sound of a dripping faucet is heard!

While "love maintenance" may not require as much money, it does take a lot of time and effort, and, of course, kindness. Make a careful inspection of your marriage. Observe the interactions within your home, and then compile a "to do" list (and a "not to do list"). Pay special attention to the little things, which make such a big difference in a relationship.

Do you become exasperated when asked to repeat something? Has sarcasm crept into your vocabulary? Are you harboring a "Do it yourself" attitude insead of a servant's heart? Must you always prove you're right? Do you often say, "I told you so"? Do you fix blame wvery time something goes wrong? Do you maximize your spouse's mistakes?

The Bible says (twice!), "A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping" (Proverbs 19:13). It's a warning husbands should heed as well. Get busy on those lists and discover how enjoyable and long-lasting a well maintained marriage can be.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted.

Ephesians 4:32 NKJV

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