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It’s not about communication

November 25, 2014

Here’s a great idea…

In their book, The Marriage Garden, Wally Goddard and James Marshall say,
“We live in a world where individual’s wants and needs take center stage. All of us are concerned about ‘me’ and ‘my rights’ or ‘what makes me happy.’ We must look out for ourselves. But if this tendency is not balanced with a desire to connect with others and serve them, than we become isolated and lonely. Happy lives and good marriages involve service and sacrifice.” (p. 146)

In other words …
Service is a vital part of a healthy relationship. Acts of serving our partners as well as serving others in our communities are important. In fact, when couples serve together, they get double benefits-both the blessings of companionship and the joy of service.
Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life …
Find ways to serve. Perhaps you can rub your partner’s shoulders or offer to take a chore that is normally theirs. Find ways to serve in your community together. Maybe you could help a child read, pick up trash at the park, or serve in a soup kitchen. Finding more ways to serve will bring more satisfactions to your relationship. Right now think of a way to serve your partner or serve with your partner.
To find out more…
about couple relationships, check out our FREE resources: The Marriage Garden or theGetting Our Hearts Right programsat uaex.edu/marriage, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You may also like to read How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It.

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