"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;"
Eph 5:25

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Lowes - Never Stop Improving

We're doing major repairs to our home, which was severely damaged but Tropical Storm Lee last September.  This type of project requires many trips to hardware stores and home improvement outlets (did I mention that it requires many trips? MANY).

I never pay much attention to receipts beyond the total at the bottom, and perhaps a detail or two about specific items that may have to be returned because of size, color, missing parts, etc.

Recently, however, I noticed the words that were printed at the top of my receipt from Lowe's Home Improvement Center:

Never Stop Improving.

My mind went immediately into overdrive as I pondered this statement ... and it's significance to marriage.  That simple statement hit me right between the eyes.  Have I stopped improving?  Has my marriage become stale?  Have we stopped moving in an upward direction?  


The Word of God tells us to keep increasing in knowledge.  Take these Proverbs, for example:

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, 
Proverbs 1:5

Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray. 
Proverbs 10:17

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. 
Proverbs 18:15

OK, but what kind of knowledge?

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Philippians 4:8

Knowledge about true things, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent things. Stuff that is worthy of praise.   

Is marriage good?
Is it true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, and excellent?  If it weren't, God wouldn't have created it, right?
Then, why would a husband or wife stop improving in the most important of earthly relationships?  Why would they ever settle for good enough?  The wedding is supposed to be the beginning of their journey together, not the end.  It isn't as though there isn't anything left to do after you "get" a husband or wife.  The goal is supposed to be a never-ending one.

So, I urge you to keep learning about your spouse.  Keep finding new ways to pursue, surprise, and please him/her.  Learn about how to improve your part of the marriage.  If your spouse needs something, find a way to give it.  If you have to learn a new skill to please your spouse, then by all means, do it.  Check out a book from the library and study or Google it for goodness sake. There are a gazillion free resources on the internet to help you.  

Whatever you do, never stop improving.   

From the inside out,

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  1. I love it when I see men like you, Thomas, continue to pursue their wives and make their marriages the best they can be. It's a rare quality and I pray that God blesses your marriage immensely for your valiant efforts and your challenge to the rest of us! And I won't look at that slogan the same way again! :)

    1. Thank you for the compliment. And I've never looked at that slogan the same way either. :)