How Are Your Grades?

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In what area of marriage do you need to work to "bring up your grades"?

In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned. Titus 2:7-8, NIV

I (Teresa) recently recalled how our children would come home from school with fantastic report cards. When they brought their report cards home, the kids wanted to know how I was going to reward them. They would suggest things like new cars or a trip to Disney World. We would typically negotiate their reward—I thought a trip to the local pizza parlor would be enough.

There are plenty of positive aspects to this focus on academic achievement. I know it made me ask myself a question: "Do I as a wife pay as much attention to my role as a spouse as my kids did in their role as students?" Answering that ques­tion meant considering my actions and attitudes, my initiative and respect. Also, as our Scripture passage notes, I needed to consider the issue of my conduct.

When our kids excitedly showed us their good academic marks, they—particularly our son, Eric—often didn't want us to see their grades for conduct. I found it to be that way in my spiritual life, as the Lord chal­lenged me about my conduct, my lack of reverence, and the "soundness" of my speech. I realized I needed to make some changes.

This also got me to thinking about my "report card" as a spouse. If marriage were held in a classroom, how would I be graded? What would be my mark, for example, in Intimacy 101? What would be my mark for conduct?

In the classroom of marriage, sometimes we teach our spouses, and sometimes our spouses teach us. All the time, God is the senior teacher. He's the One who gives us the ultimate instruction—and the ultimate rewards for how we conduct ourselves.

In what area or areas of marriage do you need to work to "bring up your grades"?

God, help me lovingly teach and learn from my spouse.

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