It’s the new year. People everywhere are planning, setting goals, dreaming about the possibilities for the new year. Regardless of the new year, each day is a new day to make a choice to live with purpose. I want to live my life with purpose – every day!
And today, this year, I want to purpose to love my husband more. I want to show more love. I want to have an attitude of love. I want to offer grace and a smile. I want to be the kind of wife who loves unconditionally.
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Purpose to Love More
In the beginning, loving your husband comes easy. It doesn’t take a whole lot of work to love someone who rocks your world. It’s only when that person you love starts to feel like a rock in your shoe that things get harder.
It’s harder to love someone who has irritating habits and bad attitudes. But God never said it would be easy. He never said we’d find love and loving to be easy.
My mother always told me – and I’m sure you’ve heard it said before – that love is an action, not a feeling. And it’s so true! Romantic love makes us feel great. It makes us feel alive and special. But true love, the kind of love that lays down it’s life for someone, takes work.
Real, true, unconditional love is a choice. It’s a choice we make when we wake up in the morning to love regardless of yesterday’s events. It’s a choice to be love to someone who may not always be lovable.
A few years ago my husband and I were really struggling. Life was hard. Outside stressors were piled high and causing us to come unglued. Everyday was a battle to survive and when life is hard it’s so easy to unload all of that stress on the one person in the world who has promised to love you forever and always, for better or for worse.
One day when all seemed hopeless, I made a decision to love more. It wasn’t an easy decision. It would have been easier to give up altogether. But I wanted more than that.
I decided that even if my heart wasn’t fully convinced that I would “act” like I was happy. And I decided I would make choices that reflected my desire to love and be loved completely.
I bought a few things for my house that reminded me of my choice, my purpose to love more:
- a pillow for my bed that reads, “Always kiss me goodnight.”
- a sign for my bathroom that reads: “Mr. & Mrs… And they lived happily ever after.”
- a sign for my bedroom: “If I had my life to do over again… I’d find you sooner so I could love you longer.”
- and another: “Love is all you need.”
Of course, it takes more than a few motivational quotes to save a rocky marriage. A lot more. But it was a daily reminder of my choice to believe we would make it. To believe we could love more.
It’s so easy when resentment and bitterness grip your heart to allow those feelings to simmer at the surface like a kettle ready to blow at any minute. It’s so easy to let your heart bleed.
If you really want a great marriage you have to purpose to love more – even when it’s hard. Grace isn’t an offering of ease. Grace is offered when there is no merit. Grace is for those who do not deserve it. And selfless love heals broken hearts.
If your marriage feels broken, you’ll have to offer uncommon grace – a daily offering of selfless, sacrificial love to bring healing and wholeness to your relationship. And that kind of grace can only come from God!