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The Secret to a Great Marriage
Jimmy Evans

Equality. A person who refuses to serve his or her spouse is either dominating the relationship or has checked out emotionally. Men and women are absolutely equal. Serving your spouse—doing things in their interest, not yours—tells them "I am not better than you."

Humility. We're naturally prideful. Both men and women have pride issues in their lives. We might be given tasks or asked to do things and we think, "I'm too good for that." But that's an unhealthy attitude in marriage. Helping is about being involved with even the insignificant details of each other's days.

Do the dishes. Wash the car. Fold clothes. Clean toilets. Give a foot rub. Nothing is beneath you if it benefits your spouse—even if you're wealthy. One of the worst marriages I've ever seen was a wealthy couple who wouldn't do anything for each other. Why? Because they always hired people to do any work for them.

Intimacy. In Matthew 6, Jesus said, "Wherever your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Where you invest yourself, that's where your passion will be. If you're pouring all your time and abilities into your work, or your children, or your hobbies, that will become what you treasure most.

Pour your time and abilities into serving your spouse, and he or she will capture your heart. Continually investing in each other means you stay passionate for each other. It means you're sharing your life with each other. It brings you closer.

Destiny. God decided it was not good for Adam to be alone. He created us for each other. I can't achieve what God has planned for me without Karen. She can't reach her full potential without me. Obviously God can do anything, but He put us in each other's lives for a reason: to serve each other toward our destiny together.

The best marriages are made of two servants in love. Put each other first and you'll discover the marriage of your dreams.

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