I think I have the smartest and most amazing grandchildren in the world.....okay, I know that every grandparent says that but give me a minute to explain. Last night I picked up my 8 year old granddaughter, Savannah, and took her out for a little one on one time. We went to get some frozen yogurt and talk for awhile. She filled me in on her friends and what she did at the water park that day and then our conversation turned into a teaching time for me. Savannah began to share her views on life. She talked about how helping others makes you feel good and being kind is the right thing to do. As she was sharing I thought, "Hey, I'm gonna pick her brain for a minute."
"Savannah, what do you think makes a marriage last for a really long time?"
"Oh, that's easy, Nama, you have to be nice, not fight, not call each other names and spend time together....you know, like sitting on the couch and eating popcorn and watching a movie."
"Why do all those things make a marriage last for a long time," I asked.
"Well," she said, "If you really work on doing those things then you feel good about each other and you want to stay together."
Folks, that's wisdom from an 8 year old and I think that just about sums up how to make marriage work. Even an 8 year old knows that certain things make a marriage flow better.....you know, like grease in the right places in your car engine make it work better. I think we should all take a moment today to think about the things that would make our marriages flow better and then focus on doing those things. Think about it like this, if we spend time doing the things that are good for our marriages then our marriages have a much better chance of lasting a lifetime! And, if you need to know what those things might be because you just can't think of them, I know an 8 year old who can help you figure it out!