Your wife has a cold. This is how you respond, each year of marriage.
Year 1: “Sugar babe, I’m worried about your sniffles. I’ve made an appointment for you to see the head of surgery at St. Luke’s. I’ll take you this afternoon.”
Year 2: “Darling, I don’t like the sound of that. I’ve asked the doctor to come see you.”
Year 3: “Maybe you better lay down and get some rest.”
Year 4: “Be sensible. After you’ve done your housework, you should lay down.”
Year 5: “Take some aspirin.”
Year 6: “Take something for that already. I’m tired of you barking like a seal!”
Year 7: “Stop sneezing! Are you trying to give me pneumonia?”
Does this describe your marriage? If so, heed the words of Paul: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for her” (Ephesians 5:25-27).
Recovery Step: You serve that which you love, whether that be addiction or your spouse. Choose wisely.