We are such a replacement society. I learned that truth a few years ago when the ice maker in my refrigerator cost as much to fix as it would to replace the entire fridge! That doesn’t even make sense?
We’ve lost the skills to mend and repair. Do they even sell patches any more? When I was young my mom added some pizzazz to my knee patches with multi-colored embroidered stitches.
We know how to DIY and upcycle, but long gone are the days of a VCR repair shop knowing you by name after they’d removed dried crusts of PB&J and Legos enough times, so three little boys could watch “Here Comes a Dump Truck” again.
I wonder if this replacement mentality has invaded our relationships. With a brand new “relationships” available online, might we find the work “old” relationships take, a bit too much?
Today I’ve got a devotion running on Encouragement for Today, and if you are visiting from there, welcome. It is a very different type of devotion for me because in writing devotions for over 12 years, I don’t think I’ve ever written on marriage.
I’ve been married for 33 years, so I have learned a thing or two. But my husband is super private, so other than a dedication in a book and in my bio, you’ll not see him mentioned much. And that would be one of the things I’ve learned: honor his requests. But he really does exist, and here’s proof.
Marriage didn’t come easy to us. We aren’t opposites who complement each other, we are very similar. So when you put two, young, immature, and pretty-sure-you-are-always-right people living in situations that require compromise, well let’s just say we had our share of “discussions” early on.
It’s not like we are immune to them now, but we’ve both learned to soften our approach. We both had a lot of changing to do, and the Holy Spirit made it possible.
In my devotion I mentioned how God revealed that my marriage is much like a silver bowl that can get tarnished. Sometimes the tarnish makes you forget the treasure that lies underneath. But it’s there.
One big problem is that polishing silver or investing in tarnished relationships takes time. And time is something that most of wish we managed better. That’s why I write on practical topics like managing your to-do list. It’s not like I’m obsessed with lists (although I might come close), but I’m obsessed with making time for the people I love.
My book, Taming the To-Do List is about how to deal with why we put off the things we should do now – like polish the tarnish off a treasured relationship.
I’ve also developed a free 5-day series called Do It Now! Challenge. If you’ve been putting off investing in a relationship, why don’t you go through the 5 days with that as your goal to do now.
To sign up, simply click here and enter your email address. You should get Day 1 immediately.
Thanks so much for joining me today. May you be inspired to go polish some tarnish off an important relationship and see the true value of the treasure within your home.