Your Way or Mine?

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In what areas can you and your spouse yield to each other's desires?

The wisdom that is from above is . . . willing to yield. James 3:17

I'll never forget one particular vacation David and I took together. We had nothing planned one afternoon, and I mentioned that I would really like to go shopping. But when I brought this up to David, he said something along the lines of, "I'd rather die!"

David has always hated shopping. So as I made my request that day, I knew I was asking a lot. David just shrugged his shoulders, and he had a pained look on his face. He quickly suggested that I take the shuttle over to the mall that afternoon. I could shop all I wanted to by myself, and he would meet me back at the hotel for dinner.

Our afternoon of free time had arrived, and as I prepared to leave, I heard David call down to the bell captain of the hotel and ask for our rental car. Then, to my surprise, David announced that he would be going with me to the mall. He'd thought it over and decided that if I really wanted to go shopping, then he wanted to be with me. I was thrilled.

The second blessing arrived as we moved from store to store. Not only did David surprise me by going with me, he also went with a gracious attitude and a pleasant smile. (If you have ever gone somewhere with an unwilling spouse, you know how important attitude can be. Everyone will soon know how unhappy he or she is, and that makes the time together miserable.) I discovered that David hadn't changed his mind about shop­ping, but that he wanted to show me how much he cared about me by putting my desires over his.

In what areas can you and your spouse each yield to the desires of the other?

Lord, remind me of the wisdom of yielding my heart to You and my spouse.

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