Developing a Lifelong Marriage

A lot of people discount V-Day as just a “Hallmark Holiday.” While the naysayers may be on to something, I still choose to celebrate the day with my wife. I don’t go over the top; I try to keep it simple and focused. I’ll write her a letter, buy her flowers or chocolate, or maybe make a special dinner—who wants to fight the crowds? The key isn’t to focus on one single date, but to continue these acts of simple love and affection throughout the year.

I do all of this to celebrate the love we share, encourage my wife, and continue a lifelong marriage. When over 50% of marriages fail, I think it takes something special—more than a spark: a lasting flame—to keep a marriage going.

A flame needs three things: oxygen, fuel, and a spark. If there isn’t a spark or enough oxygen and fuel, the fire can’t brighten the spirits of those around it. A marriage is very similar, especially for Christians. It needs more than that first spark. If we don’t include God in our marriages, the fire can’t be sustained very long; pride, selfishness, and society will quickly extinguish the flame. If both partners aren’t willing to serve, the marriage will eventually fizzle.

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What are some of the ways you care for your spouse or significant other?

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