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January 31, 2009

The Love Dare: Day Four

Love is Not Selfish
January 30, 2009

This was a pretty good one. Selfishness is described as the exact opposite of True Love. When we truly love someone, we in a way, "die" to ourselves. We stop putting our needs and our wants first and focus on the happiness and well-being of our spouse. And like it or not, we are all selfish. Two examples of selfishness the book listed were:
1. A Husband who puts his interests, desires and priorities ahead of his wifes.
2. A Wife who constantly complains about the time and energy she spends meeting the needs of her husband.
That one kind of hit home with me. I don't complain 24/7, but on bad days (those days when Noah wants to whine and fuss, doesn't sleep good, and I can't accomplish anything...) I feel a little irritated and I can be selfish. Josh is such a wonderful husband. He works a full time job, and is planning on getting another per-diem job for the extra income. I volunteered to go get a job, but he doesn't want me to. He knows that it is important for me to be able to raise Noah these first several years and be there for him to watch him grow up. I know it's stressful on him to be the sole provider for our family, but he does it without complaining. Who am I to complain if he wants to come home and relax and watch TV? I'm home all day long. I can take time to make sure the house is clean and there is something for supper. It's only fair. But not only that, it's love...it's being self-less.
"When you relinquish your rights for the sake of your spouse, you get the chance to lose yourself to the greater purpose of marriage. Love looks for ways to say yes."

Today's Dare:
Whatever you put your time, energy and money into will become more important to you. It's hard to care for something you are not investing in. Along with restraining from negative comments, buy your spouse something that says, "I was thinking of you today."

I had to run to Wal-mart to pick up a few things...Josh is hard to buy for because he's one of those people that either doesn't want anything in particular or just doesn't tell you what he wants because he doesn't want you to spend the money on him. It was simple, but Josh LOVES miniature Snicker bars. I bought a big bag of them for him and picked up a really sweet card about the day I fell in love with him. Naturally, I wrote my own note on the inside of the card. It was simple, but he lit up like a kid in a candy store when I gave him his candy. :)

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