Day 14 - Love Takes Delight


Today's Verse:
 Enjoy life with the wife you love all the days of your fleeting life. – Ecclesiastes 9:9 HCSB
Today's Message:
Well, I work too much. I work even when I'm not at work. I work regardless of anything else that is going on… I work. I have customers that for some strange reason think it's ok for them to call me, on a Saturday/Sunday and just start up with questions about computers?
Why? Because I chose to let them do that to me. It wasn't their choice. It was one that I made for them.
I did it because I thought it was what I was supposed to do. I did it because I was trying to help them. What I was actually doing was enabling them to take large chunks of my life and make them joyless. I allowed them to do it. They couldn't have done it had I not let them.
I did it because I didn't spend enough time with my spouse. I didn't look for the fun that we had before I turned into whatever it is that I am now.
So today's message is about taking just a little bit of time to spend with her, doing whatever it is that she wants to do… so that we can find that happy place again. Today's message is about NOT working so much that I don't spend time doing something she likes. Even if it's just for one day….
That's where I'm going.
Today's Questions:
  • Where is your treasure?
Today's Dare:
Purposefully neglect an activity you would normally do so you can spend quality time with your spouse. Do something he or she would love to do or a project they'd really like to work on. Just to be together.
Results:
  • What did you decide to give up?
    • Watching football while working on the computer. I didn't do it. It wasn't as hard as I thought it might be.
  • What did you do together?
    • Nothing out of the ordinary…although I did ask if there was anything that she wanted to do. There were a lot of reasons that we didn't, most of them about money… we simply didn't have any.
  • How did it go?
    • See above. We did have an enjoyable day though. Went to bed early… no fussing… no issues.
  • What new thing did you learn (or relearn) about your spouse?
    • She's pretty much content about where we are at. There are things that she probably needs or wants, but she never complains about not having them. I on the other hand think about them constantly, and realize I need to work toward fixing what's wrong here. It doesn't have to do with my wife… it has to do with the choices I made concerning careers, and how I've allowed others to take advantage of me. That's the part I really thought a lot about yesterday. How those choices to serve others have affected my families life…and her's in particular.
Give me your heart … and let your eyes delight in my ways. (Proverbs 23:26)
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