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Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Indispensable Truth About Great Marriages

When you were a kid did you ever dream of doing something great?

I did. I wanted to be the president of the United States. And a filthy rich farmer. Walking on the moon or Mars was on the list. And establishing charities to help people.

We are told that greatness is within each of us and that all we need to do is try. I'm older now but I still believe this to be true.

But as I reflect on my life thus far, what I have accomplished, and what I think I'm going to yet accomplish none of those things (except maybe a charity or two if I happen into some money) are still on the list. I don't really want to even do those things anymore.

On the list of things I've accomplished are earning a bachelor's and a master's degree, getting married, fathering five awesome sons, and serving in my church.

Want to guess what the common denominator is between these things? They're things I'm passionate about. I love education. My wife and our sons are at the center of my life. Serving others and serving in church are part of who I am.

Passion. The key ingredient, the indispensable truth is that I'm only successful at things I'm passionate about. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) said, "Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion."

I have a great marriage and a great family and a great life. That's because I am passionate about my wife, my family, and my life.

Passion leads us to make sacrifices. Passion gives us the courage and motivation to keep going even when it's difficult. Passion provides strength and resolve to persevere. Passion provides vision of what can be.

The indispensable truth about every great marriage is that both the husband and the wife are passionate about their marriage. They have a vision of what they want their marriage to be, they have the strength and courage to make it through the difficult times, they make sacrifices for each other and for their marriage.

Nothing great is accomplished without passion. If you want a great marriage, be passionate it.



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