What is the secret to a long-lasting marriage? The answer always seems to be a connection in the power of commitment.
The commitment that goes beyond the decision or the feelings.
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It’s unfortunate in our culture today that marriage is not a priority. It stems more from a convenience or a privilege, a status.
And if either party doesn’t “feel” like the marriage is working, then the party quickly acts to dissolve the marriage. Just look at Hollywood.
Why do you think this is? Have we become a society of “what’s in it for me”?
I think we have a choice beyond the WIIFM. And that choice goes beyond the decision to be happy and celebrate with a ceremony.
It comes from the power of commitment.
I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by many long-lasting marriages in my family. Now some would equate “long-lasting” to no worries or no problems. But that’s not the case.
Marriage takes work by both parties. And in the work, there must be commitment.
- the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.
- a pledge or undertaking.
- an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action.
You could look at all of those definitions and apply them to marriage. But again, the question remains.
If the secret to a long-lasting marriage stems from the power of commitment, then how do you get that?
You must enact the power of commitment.
The K.I.S.S. ~ Enact the power of commitment!
Too much of our actions in life support the WIIFM, “what’s in it for me”. We have to stop doing in order to get something.
And what I mean by that is your actions in a relationship, in a marriage, requires you to act beyond yourself.
You cannot expect to have a long-lasting marriage if you only think about you.
“A commitment is the actions taken to support the joint decision within a relationship.” ~ Kristianne Wargo
- COMMIT to the decision. You’re in it for the long haul. This isn’t about a one night stand or a convenient arrangement.
- COMMUNICATE your desires. You have to be open with what works for the two of you. It’s not one size fits you. This is a two-way street.
- Be CONSIDERATE of your spouse. Forgive, let go, and move forward together.
The power of commitment builds a strong foundation to withstand a crisis, chaos, and calamities.
What are you doing to facilitate your commitment to your spouse?
In other words, what are you doing to love more deeply?
Be honest and think about if your marriage is wrapped around WIIFM. If that’s the station running your marriage, it’s time to change the station.
We are called to mirror our marriage to God’s relationship to us; unconditional love and grace — The power of commitment.
“Take aim today. Your marriage is worth it!”
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