Imagine you’re at the “husband restaurant” looking over the menu. Your waiter comes and you ask him, “Do you have any of those good-looking husbands who are tall, lean and somewhat handsome (“somewhat,” because too attractive causes problems with other women)?” Your waiter assures you there are a few remaining. You then add,”…a little smart on the side, but not too smart (you need to be able to win the arguments), skilled with his hands…a mister-fixer-upper would be nice.” “Oh, and for dessert, I’ll have some of that, “likes housework over sports and spending time with the guys.” The problem is that when your server brings him he’s undercooked, green, can’t do a thing with his hands or he’s overcooked and thinking he knows it all. He’s not tender and he is clueless when it comes to emotional issues. You tell your waiter, “Take him back, he’s not at all what I ordered; in fact, I think you brought me someone else’s order by mistake!” Consumerrrrr.
When we marry, most spouses are a little rough around the edges, but God loves rough around the edges – He specializes in it. He will use your spouse in your life to tenderize you and bring you truth. At times it hurts, but if you remain teachable it will “hurt good.” Consumers criticize their mate’s brokenness, but the committed fight for him or her with a redemptive spirit. The consumer tries to change their mate to be more like themselves. Their thought process goes something like this, “If he were more like me and the way I think and act then married life would be so much easier.” Their core belief is, “My way is the right way.” The committed are thinking, “It’s not my way or his way, but our way.” The committed have thoughts, words and actions toward the redemptive purposes of God in their marriage. The committed are not making unfair comparisons, but are walking by faith toward a deeper level of connection. The reason? They realize the deep need for the same level of commitment and grace for themselves.