Medals of Approval

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How might you decorate your spouse's "uniform" with medals of approval?

Commend those who do right. 1 Peter 2:14, NIV

My (David's) dad was an officer in the Marine Corps during World War II. During his service, he received numerous medals for duties he performed exceptionally well. Obviously, the Marines approved of my father, and the medals were statements of that approval.

The Marines award medals only for action above and beyond the call of duty, and never for solid character or because they value your relation­ship with the Corps. There is no medal for doing one's duty adequately.

As married people, we have the opportunity to decorate our spouse's "uniform" every day.

As each day begins, I have the chance to commend Teresa for her tremendous character.

She deserves a medal for her forgiving spirit and devotion to family. And I would gladly award her a medal in recognition of her diligence and loyalty.

Teresa also deserves medals of commendation for her service to a great cause: our marriage. She works hard to keep any hurts healed and important issues discussed. She is forthright and direct, and always with a heart full of love.

My wife should also receive a medal for the way she is always available to provide support to me in our busy ministry. I can always count on her to pitch in and lend a hand. These qualities have brought great security to our marriage.

My dad worked hard to give the military his best, and he received a lot of recognition for his efforts. Our spouses often work just as hard to make marriage loving and enjoyable. They need our commendations as well.

If your spouse had a medal for every word of approval, how full of medals would his or her uniform be?

What actions or attitudes your spouse demonstrates deserve your commendation—verbally or otherwise—today?

God, please help me cover my spouse’s “uniform” with medals of approval. Let me see my spouse as You would see him or her.

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