You Matter to Me

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How can you show esteem for your spouse today in a way that sets a good example for him or her?

In lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
Philippians 2:3

Even though Don professed to be a Christian, he told his wife, Kathy, that he would not be going to church. He said he didn't see the need for it, and he made it clear that he didn't want to be nagged about it. Every Sunday morning Kathy would get up, prepare breakfast, and dress herself and their three children—while Don sat reading the paper. Kathy and the children attending church was fine with him, if that's what they chose to do. But he chose the Sunday paper.

Kathy was convinced that Don's problem stemmed from the fact that his parents had dropped him off at the church door every Sunday but never set foot there themselves. So, though she felt frustrated at her husband's lack of interest in church, she was determined to raise her children in the church.

Don was impressed with Kathy's behavior. He admired her efforts to get herself and the children to church and often felt guilty as he watched her hurry around on Sunday mornings. Although Kathy disagreed with his choices, she never complained or nagged. She was at times tempted to criticize him in front of the children or to "forget" to cook his Sunday breakfast while preparing everyone else's. But God gave her the strength to resist those temptations and the confidence that she was doing the right thing by "esteeming" her husband, despite his choices.

One Sunday, Don jumped out of bed as the alarm went off and hur­ried to wake the kids. In disbelief, Kathy asked, "Hey, what's going on?" Don replied, "Sweetheart, I want to help you because you are doing the right thing. We need to raise our children in the church, and you have lovingly shown me how."

How can you show esteem for your spouse today in a way that sets a good example for him or her?

God, help us to show consideration to each other in all possible ways, especially through respecting each others choices.

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