And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (Colossians 3:14)In the sacrament of marriage, God utilizes our gifts to support each other. So when my husband talks about tread and I’m not interested, what I do realize is that’s what makes the role of marriage so special. God created us equal but different. We are not meant to be the same, yet we have the likeness to complement each other.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. (Ecclesiastes 4:9)My husband and I are a team. What I lack, he makes up in his God-given abilities; what he lacks, I provide to supplement, and when both fall short, we work it out together. I’ve learned, in our sixteen years of marriage, that relying on that partnership has made me more of an effective partner and parent. I’m sure that I could do a lot on my own without the support of my husband and he without me, but relying on each other allows us to grow together and create that bond that we are in this ride together. I trust my husband will take care of those responsibilities and he trust that I will provide the gifts I put forth. So while I don’t enjoy car repairs, I respect and admire my husband for the many talents he has -- because he does them all out of love for me. It’s in these simple acts that he tells me he cares for me and cares for our family. (And by the way, tread is the thickness of the tires.) Image credit: Pexels.com (2019), CC0/PD[/caption]
What do you and your spouse contribute in your marriage to complement each other?
Copyright 2019 Andrea Bear
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Andrea Bear is a wife, mom, and teacher in Northern California. She runs a blog called Life in the Grace Lane and also contributes to Catholic Stand and Today's Catholic Teacher magazine. When she's not writing or taking her kids to volleyball practice you can find her sipping coffee from the neighborhood coffee establishments or tasting wine from the local vineyards.