When the Toilet Overflows Your Marriage Can Benefit


What are some good ideas to consider for your marriage to ensure a lifetime of happiness and satisfaction?

Tonight I sat down at one of my favorite places in my house to write another article, the kitchen table. Why is the kitchen table my favorite place to sit you ask? Because I can see the television in my living room from that table and that typically means I get to watch what ever game is on.

As I began to type, the flood gates opened above my head through an air conditioning vent and water poured into my kitchen. I had no idea where the water was coming from and didn’t know what to do. At this point, I should be completely honest with you, there wasn’t a chance in the world that I would ever have figured it out either. I’m not the guy who spends his days watching shows on DIY Network or HG TV. I don’t subscribe to any fix-it-up magazine and the only toolbox I have is a very nice one provided by my father-in-law (who happens to be Mr. Fix It and a builder by trade), and he had to come over and put it together!

I eventually utilized my incredible deductive reasoning skills and found the source of my mini flood – the kids’ bathroom toilet had been slowing leaking from a rather bad case of (you know what) and the water had enough time to sink through the floor and down to the kitchen.

As I was plunging the poop out of the toilet I got to thinking about what this could mean for marriages. The reason the flood developed was not from an instant rage of water spewing out from the toilet. But rather from a small, but steady, flow of water from the plugged up toilet.

The same thing can be said for marriages. It’s rarely a huge, out-of-nowhere, event that leads a couple down the road to divorce. Even when a couple comes to me for counseling because of an affair, the affair is kind of like the flood waters coming out of the vent from my ceiling. It’s a result from a long, steady problem that could have been prevented, but was left unaddressed.

Make sure and do some good maintenance on your marriage. Here are some good ideas to consider for your marriage to ensure a lifetime of happiness and satisfaction:

  • Regularly attend a couples small group, there is nothing more important that you could do for the health of your marriage than be in a small group.
  • Make sure you’re reading (or listening) to the latest books on marriage. This will keep your love skills sharp and creative.
  • Start (or continue) attending a church where you feel challenged and comfortable to be yourself. Church is not necessarily the answer, but you will certainly get an opportunity to grow in your relationship with Christ, which is the answer.

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