A READER ASKS

Simple Grace - - Mood Index -

“Dear Lord, I’m the only woman in my new neigh­bor­hood who has to work for a liv­ing, and it makes me feel re­sent­ful toward my hus­band. When­ever we so­cial­ize with other cou­ples, the wives seem re­laxed and pampered, and I find my­self think­ing, If only my hus­band would take care of me like that. Af­ter nearly ev­ery get­to­gether, I end up mak­ing snide cracks about bring­ing home half the ba­con, or be­ing both wife and work­horse. I know it’s not fair to him, and I al­ways apol­o­gize af­ter­ward. But my apolo­gies aren’t enough—last night he said he didn’t want to go to this af­ter­noon’s bar­be­cue if I was go­ing to be­rate him again. I can’t be­lieve I’ve let my pet­ti­ness get to the point that it’s dam­ag­ing our re­la­tion­ship, but the re­sent­ment still sim­mers and I don’t know how to stop it. Please help me put out this fire!”

Wis­dom of the Word

So flee youth­ful pas­sions and pur­sue right­eous­ness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

—Paul in his sec­ond let­ter to Ti­mothy, 2:22

We un­der­stand and yet…

The glimpses we get into oth­ers’ lives can blind us to the bounty we have in ours. We latch on to any­thing they have that we don’t, and all we’ve been given—even love!— ceases to mat­ter. Why does our grat­i­tude fall by the way­side so eas­ily, and how can we re­store it?

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