Many times my wife and I have sat in a restaurant or coffee shop and noticed something that occurs way too often—a husband and wife eating a meal . . . and barely speaking to one another. Both have their faces drawn like an upside down sock monkey. A grunt or a head nod is about all that is offered to each other.
Another sight is a couple walking through the mall . . . he’s way ahead of her and totally removed from it all. She could turn into any store without his notice.
And then, there’s the ride in the car that is “Silenceville.”
Now, much could said in reference to these scenarios, but one that comes to my mind that is sadly missing in way too many married couples lives is . . . they have forgotten how and/or have stopped having fun together! When God gave Eve to Adam, He said it was not good for man to be alone. He needed a completer (Genesis 2:18-25). They had wonderful fellowship in the Garden until sin entered in. Now, joy can still be a part of our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit and with that, the enjoyment of each other’s company. No matter what your situation is, you can still laugh, chuckle, wink at each other, hold hands, banter back-n-forth in good natured fun, and enjoy life.
Couples, don’t let your job, children, mental attitudes of bitterness, anger, jealousy, envy and resentment, physical condition, financial crunch, empty nest, etc., steal your joy, your fun. Surrender your burdens to the Lord (1 Peter 5:6-7), and let the joy of the Lord be your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). God created us to enjoy Him and one another.
How about going to the local coffee shop and take a game with you? Make sure it’s one that will create fun and not serious thinking and no laughter such as Settlers of Catton! 🙂 Or, determine the next time you have a meal together at a restaurant, just the two of you, that the husband is turned away from the TVs and the wife has her cell phone put away. Laugh, talk, be romantic, share, and . . . have fun!!!!
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But Settlers is so romantic!!! 🙂
Thanks for you posts, Pastor!