This morning, I was reading through my Bible in a Year plan. I try to read with an attentive heart, listening for God’s application for me in each passage.
James 1:22-25 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”
Reading the Bible in rote commitment and then walking away in ignorance and oblivion makes God’s powerful word useless to me. It is forgetting who I am; forgetting what I am dressed for; forgetting whose I am. I remember growing up, my dad telling me to put on a smile and to pay attention to my composure in public because I was a representation of him. I can study and read God’s word and present an air of godliness, but without obedience, I can never be a positive ambassador for my heavenly Father.
OK, that was a long introduction to the verses I found in Proverbs that support the message of Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage.
Proverbs 16:26 “A worker’s appetite works for him; his mouth urges him on.” A worker’s appetite is his motivation. A husband or wife will be better able to motivate the spouse, to draw them toward their persuasion, if they understand the other’s “appetite”.
Proverbs 17:22 “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Once I understood my motivation, that it’s OK and a good thing that I desire to please, inspire and bring joy to others, then I am even more energized to do it. God made us each uniquely and when we can use our drive for joy to enable us to be effective in our families and marriages – we will be pleasing to the Lord.
Patrick and I have been abundantly blessed in our own marriage both through the DVD series we did in Sunday school and the Flag Page Test we took at home. I have enjoyed the few episodes of Gungor’s radio show that I have listened to as well. I plan to buy Flag Page codes for my sister and her fiance for their wedding. It’s a fun way to improve your marriage long-term. What could be better than that?