TODAY'S WORD FOR TODAY
The Grass Isn’t Greener
‘…Encourage and help each other…’1 Thessalonians 5:11
Micca Monda Campbell writes: ‘Have you ever secretly compared your spouse to another man or woman…or wished they were more thoughtful…more spiritual…a better dresser? If you have, let me reassure you the grass isn’t greener on the other side. That man doesn’t clip his toenails either…and that woman doesn’t rub her husband’s feet while feeding him grapes! Our spouses are the people we fell in love with, and often they just need a little encouragement. Instead of comparing and complaining…nurture your mate in the areas they need it most…I heard about a good-looking millionaire who married a plain-looking woman. It was the talk of the town. “Why did he marry her? She’s not up to his standard. It won’t last!” When they came back from an extended honeymoon, it looked like the millionaire was with another woman…one glowing with confidence and poise. “Now that’s the kind of wife he deserves,” declared the town loud-mouth. Then she noticed something interesting: it was the same woman—completely transformed! Her new husband had taken her away, encouraged her…and built up her self-confidence till she started to see in herself what he’d always seen. So instead of walking around on your neighbour’s grass, fertilise your own by looking for the good in your spouse. Speak encouraging words…acknowledge their efforts to improve…become their cheerleader. The Bible says, “Love…protects…trusts…hopes…perseveres” (1 Corinthans 13:4&7 NIV). Instead of making comparisons, ask God to help you see your partner like you once did.’
© 2017: This devotional is produced by UCB, free of charge through the generosity of our supporters. As a gift to the body of Christ, permission is given to Churches and Christian organisations to copy up to a maximum of 52 daily excerpts per year. Excerpts must acknowledge The Word for Today as the source, give the UCB address and inform that free issues of the daily devotional are available for the UK and Republic of Ireland.
The Word For Today is written by Bob and Debby Gass
PREVIOUS WORD FOR TODAY
19TH OCT 2017HAS YOUR LOVE GROWN COLD?
18TH OCT 2017IF IT’S GOD’S WILL - YOU CAN HAVE IT
17TH OCT 2017PASSING THE FEAR TEST
16TH OCT 2017KEEP GROWING
15TH OCT 2017PUT ON YOUR NEW CLOTHES
14TH OCT 2017DON’T BE SO EASILY UPSET
13TH OCT 2017AN APPETITE FOR GOD’S WORD
12TH OCT 2017CHANGE YOUR THINKING
11TH OCT 2017STOP BEING INTIMIDATED
10TH OCT 2017FRIENDSHIP (4)
9TH OCT 2017FRIENDSHIP (3)
8TH OCT 2017FRIENDSHIP (2)
7TH OCT 2017FRIENDSHIP (1)
6TH OCT 2017WHAT TO DO WHILE YOU’RE WAITING
5TH OCT 2017CELEBRATE YOURSELF - GOD DOES!
4TH OCT 2017STOP WORRYING ABOUT IT
3RD OCT 2017TREAT YOUR ENEMY WITH KINDNESS
2ND OCT 2017LISTEN CAREFULLY WITHOUT INTERRUPTING!
1ST OCT 2017THINGS CUT OFF, THINGS CUT BACK
30TH SEP 2017GOD IS REAL!
29TH SEP 2017YOU CAN CHANGE
28TH SEP 2017BE PASSIONATE, PROACTIVE, AND PERSISTENT
27TH SEP 2017A PRAYER FOR PEACE
26TH SEP 2017LEARN TO BE CONTENT