Many of have been to the Doctor’s office for one thing or another over the years. We get a physical exam and we get poked and prodded here and there. On occasion, we leave with a prescription for just the right medication that will fix what ails us. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could get a Doctor’s prescription for our marriage, some practical advice to apply on a daily basis that would help us to be close to our spouse, something that would provide the basic ground rules to get us to the happily ever after part? I checked my book shelf and guess what? The Doctor is in!
In his book Love Life For Every Married Couple, Ed Wheat, M.D. set out four basic principles that will enable us to have a superb marriage. Sounds like a great idea, right? A superb marriage. Fortunately, this author has simplified the process for us. As a matter of fact, he has reduced the complexities of having a fulfilling love life to four simple actions. Let’s take a look at what the good doctor has to say, with my editorial comments, of course.
Here is his B. E. S. T. prescription:
- Blessing – Our words, what we say and how we say it, set a tone for our relationship. We can be totally in control of what we say. We are reminded from scripture that we should not let any unwholesome word proceed out of our mouths but only such a word that edifies the listener. We should speak well of our spouse even when we are confronted with harsh words that are critical and even insulting. You can also bless with acts of kindness, thoughtfulness, and appreciation. Dr. Wheat reminds us to be a blessing by praying for our spouse. In thought, word, and in deed, be a blessing to your beloved.
- Edifying – Here we are told that it is essential to lift one another up. This concept can best be understood in the context of cheerleader. You need to be the most supportive and positive person to your spouse. Notice their every success and build their self-worth. You are the voice that says “I believe in you” and “You can do it.” You are vigilant to look for things for which you can praise your spouse, and things that make you thankful. And you are generous with your verbal expression of that praise. We need to be thoughtful about what we speak and ask ourselves, “Does this build up, or tear down? What can I say that will encourage, strengthen and build up my spouse?” The Doctor reminds wives to show respect and esteem their husbands and affirm and appreciate them.
Stay tuned. Next time we’ll look further into the Doctor’s prescription.