Archive | Friday, August 31, 2012 4:11 pm

7 Life Lessons I’ve Learned From My Husband

I’m telling my age to admit it, but my first computer was a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100. Back in the early 80’s, all incoming freshmen at Dallas Baptist University were required to buy one and to take a class that would teach us to use it.

Nevertheless, it was not until I met my future husband (three years and countless computer-printed assignments later) that I learned anything about the machine’s text-wrapping capabilities. For six long semesters, I’d kept a furtive watch on the LCD display and hit “return” every time the curser got close to the right-hand side of the screen, a holdover habit from years spent using a manual typewriter.

Within days of our first meeting, however, Doug observed my unusual approach to word processing and gently informed me that, if I would just keep typing, the text would automatically bump down to the next line without my doing anything to make it happen.

That one little pointer saved me massive amounts of time, completely revolutionized the way I did homework, and contributed even further to my rapidly growing affection for the guy I’d eventually marry.

What’s more, this was but the first of innumerable things he would teach me. Subsequent lessons have ranged from the practical (how to change the oil in my car, how to serve a volleyball, how to fend off an armed attacker) to the profound (how should our faith influence our actions? what does it mean to serve God with our whole heart? how can we most effectively communicate His love to others?).

Some of these concepts are just too good to keep to myself, so I’ve decided to publish seven of my favorites in a series of posts devoted to the “Life Lessons I’ve Learned from My Husband.” You’ll find a brief synopsis of each listed below:

  1. Keep Your Eyes on the Ball
    You must stay focused on your goals if you ever hope to reach them.
  2. Laughter is Good Medicine
    A sense of humor makes good times more pleasant and bad times more bearable.
  3. You Can Learn a Lot by Reading Fiction
    I used to think that reading fiction was a waste of time; now I know otherwise.
  4. Perfectionism Is a Trap
    There are lots of areas in life where “good enough” should be good enough.
  5. Always Tip Your Waiter Well
    Good service deserves it; poor service will be improved by it.
  6. God Wants the Whole Pie
    He’ll never be satisfied with a single piece, no matter how big or promptly offered.
  7. It’s Only Money
    Our security rests in God, not in the numbers on our bank statement.

I hope you’ll come back to read the full post for each point (which I’ll be publishing weekly), and that you will be as richly blessed as I have by these life-changing lessons.

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