Love Is A Rose

One of the great myths about romantic love is that if a couple is genuinely in love, that condition is permanent and will last a lifetime.

I'm Dr. James Dobson with Focus on the Family.

Love, even genuine love, is a fragile commodity. Like more than one popular song has said, love is like a rose. It must be carefully maintained and protected if it is to survive. Love can easily be overcome by weeds of a busy life.

When a husband or wife works seven days a week, when there's no time for romantic activity, when they forget how to talk to each other; than love can die.

During the early days of my marriage to my wife, Shirley, I was working full-time, and trying to finish a doctorate at USC. Shirley was teaching school and maintaining our small home. I can remember clearly the evening I realized what this busy lifestyle was doing to our relationship. We still loved each other but it had been too long since we had felt the spirit of warmth and closeness. I pushed my textbooks aside that night and we went for a long walk. The following semester I carried a very light load in school and postponed my academic goals so as to preserve my marriage.

Where does your marriage rank on your hierarchy of values? Does it get choked out by the weeds and stray branches of your busy schedule? Or is it a rare rose of great worth to be preserved and gently tended? Maybe it's time to do some marital gardening. This is Dr. James Dobson for Focus on the Family.

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