A READER ASKS
“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?