Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Shalom In The Home

Who of us doesn't desire peace in our humble abode?

In the midst of marital clashes it is not uncommon for a spouse to wonder if there isn't somebody with whom they would be more compatible.

Steve May tells of Suleyman Guresci from Turkey who divorced his wife of 21 years after a bitter six-year court battle. In an effort to find the ideal woman, Guresci turned to a computer dating service--the kind that evaluates your written profile and suggests matches for you.

Strangely, from a list of 2000 prospective brides, the computer selected his former wife, who, unbeknownst to Guresci, had signed up for the same service.

Guresci's response? He decided to remarry his wife just nine months after their divorce!

He said, "I did not know that my ex-wife had been the ideal counterpart for a marriage. I decided to give it another try by being more tolerant toward her."

Your ideal mate might just be the one you've already married.

When trouble rears its head, instead of focusing on how to make things work, we often fantasize of finding a better place to be. We look for Shalom in other places.

Just as God gave you your spouse and family, he placed you in your current circumstances.

Maybe your job or your marriage is more than a little challenging, and maybe you'd like to move on. Think before you do. Think before you even allow yourself to daydream about it. More than likely, God's plan is for you to work through this situation. Even if ultimately he sends you elsewhere, he wants you to resolve this issue before you go.

Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave and grow old wanting to get back to. John Ed Pierce


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