Many things in life, and many things in marriage, arise to trouble us. Some are real troubles, but many are imagined ones. This article is about the imagined ones. Jesus told us not to borrow trouble because each day has enough of its own. He told us not to be worriers because worrying is a big waste of time and accomplishes nothing. Prayer is the way to deal with our concerns.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â So what am I getting at? Women are worriers (not to say that men arenâ€™t, but this is not written with them in mind) and we can fret and fuss over many things. Remember Martha when she was fussing over the dinner clean up? She was not alone in this feminine temptation.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â But we can also fuss over our marriages. We can fret and worry and nurture a critical, unhappy spirit if we donâ€™t maintain close watch over our souls. Our fuss-budget flesh requires constant maintenance and over-sight at every stage of life. Some of the concerns we may have arise from true issues, but instead of handling them in a godly fashion, we fuss about them. Martha really did need some help in the kitchen; she just fussed about it instead of getting real help. Other issues may spring from an over-fertile imagination or from reading the wrong sort of stuff. It looks something like this: My husband isnâ€™t meeting my needs; we are drifting apart; he isnâ€™t as attentive as he used to be, etc.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Now some of these could be real troubles that need to be addressed. If you are drifting apart, maybe you should start bestowing more affection and attention on him rather than fussing about the fact that he isnâ€™t bestowing attention on you. If he isnâ€™t meeting your needs, maybe you should stop and think about whether you are meeting his needs. Whenever we become self-absorbed with our own needs (real or imagined), our own wants, our own person, we are setting ourselves up for resentment, bitterness, discontent, and a host of other nasty things.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Imagined troubles are when we think we are drifting apart, and we really arenâ€™t at all. Itâ€™s just that life is full or busy right now. Noticing that things could use a tightening up is not the same thing as full-blown discontent. If youâ€™ve read an article about how men donâ€™t meet their wivesâ€™ needs, then perhaps thatâ€™s where you got the idea in the first place. Itâ€™s quite easy to pick up other peopleâ€™s complaints and make them our own.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â How many unhappy wives would be transformed if only they would change their focus, away from themselves and onto their husbands in a sacrificial way? Then the real troubles are easily distinguished from the imagined ones. If your spirit is fussing at your husband because he hasnâ€™t noticed that you look great lately, or if he hasnâ€™t taken you out to dinner or brought you flowers, maybe you need to stop for a minute and reflect. These things are nice, of course. But your marriage is more than these things. Maybe, like Martha, you shouldnâ€™t fuss about it, but make the dinner reservations yourself with the hope of pleasing your husband, not to make him feel guilty because he didnâ€™t think of it. Besides, guilt is always a poor motivator. So get past the imagined troubles, count your blessings, and bestow some gracious attention on your husband.