I don't subscribe to vary many email newsletters and publications. I've found that when I do, most of the things that fill up my inbox add very little value to my life. In fact, the majority of the time they hit the 'trash' before they are even read. However the communication I get from Refine Us Ministries is different.
The following is an excerpt of an email I recently received. The excerpt itself is powerfully eye-opening. I would encourage you to go to the ministry website and sign up to receive these emails yourself. If nothing else, spend a few minutes reading their blog to see firsthand what a helpful ministry Refine Us is.
There are so many things that your marriage can survive. You marriage can survive miscommunication. Your marriage can survive busy schedules. Your marriage can overcome conflict with your in-laws. Your marriage can get through sexual brokenness and unforgiveness. But, there are two words that will eventually bring an end to your marriage…if not legally then definitely emotionally.
The two words are…
If only my wife had sex with me more often
If only my husband looked at me like my boss does
If only we had kids
If only we made more money
If only we lived in a bigger house
If only we would have dated longer
If only she took care of herself like the lady at the gym
If only my high school boyfriend and I would have stayed together
If only we hadn’t had kids so young
If only she understood me
If only he listened to me
If only I knew we were soul mates
If only she cooked more or better
If only he could do things around the house
If only will slowly destroy intimacy and leave you in a place of resentment. If only will trick you into believing that the best days of your marriage are behind you and and not ahead of you.
The best thing you can do for your marriage today is remove “if only” from your mind and heart.