Friday, 4 February 2011

For Better or For Worse

[Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7
A recent posting on Family Life Moments to You brought back some old memories. Barbara Rainey commented:
It didn't take me long to realize that Dennis was not like my father. My dad was an all-American ‘Mr. Fixit.’ He loved working around the house and the yard--making repairs, painting, tinkering on the car.”

My first wife’s father attempted to fix everything. So when we got married it was her expectation that I too could fix anything. My father on the other hand couldn’t figure out how to change the batteries in his walkman. (At least I could do that). This was a source of frustration for a number of years. I think before my first wife died she had come to grips with the fact that I am mechanically challenged.

So when I met Kathleen on line one of the first things that I wanted to make clear was that I could fix dinner but anything that required tools was a mystery. Her reply was “would you feel threatened if I can fix things?” How about relieved? I figured I could stand by and hand her tools provided she could describe them to me. This has worked out well, I’ve even attempted some minor repairs.

Kathleen has demonstrated the importance of loving her husband unconditionally. She sees me as a gift from God and she is gracious enough to remember that God is in my life. Now where did I put that hammer?

1 comment:

  1. Knowing your own strengths and weaknesses can make you deal with others (including your spouse) more humbly - as God would have it.

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