If you were to watch the sun set this evening over the Western horizon and then awaken tomorrow morning and watch the sun rising in the West you would know that somehow, although you managed to fall asleep upon Earth you had awakened on Venus.
That's right, Venus is the only planet in our solar system where the sun rises in the West and sets in the East. So, I want to know whether my clock would run backwards? I know that my sundial would! Venus spins backward from every other planet in our solar system.
So, when John Gray titled his famous book; "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus", did he intentionally choose a planet where for some quirky, incomprehensible reason, the sun rises in the West to parallel with women???
Was there perhaps a subliminal message in the title? Like... "You can't understand her, don't even try!"?
One of my favorite jokes is about the man who found an old lamp on the beach and when rubbing the sand off it was surprised when a genie emerged. The genie offered to grant him one wish. (hey since the stock market crashed everyone is cutting back) The man asked the genie to build a bridge from California to Hawaii because he had always wanted to go to Hawaii but got seasick on boats and was terrified of flying.
The genie, after contemplating what it would take to sink pilings clear to the bottom of the ocean all the way across the Pacific, said that was just too much and wasn't there something else he could grant?
The man said, "Well, I have always wanted to understand women."
To which the genie replied, "Do you want that bridge two lane or four lane?".
A satirist once said rather accurately, "When one marries he has chosen a set of irresolvable relationship problems." . . .A man and a woman. Can two things be more different than a male and a female?
Of course, then there is the other book I actually bought titled "Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti"! I don't know whether to just let you mull on that one for a while or go ahead and summarize the book for you...
Men's lives are compartmentalized whereas in women's lives everything touches everything else. Oh, the wonders of the difference!
Yet the two can become one. So, what happens when two become one? Or better, when the two become three in one with God at the heart of the relationship!
Harmony is not created by everyone singing the same note. It is the combination of different notes playing at the same time that creates harmony. Each note gives itself in the creation of a chord and, while being totally itself, loses itself in this new form. Within the chord the individual notes are not heard but combined the notes have become something newer, fuller, and richer.
Harmony in a relationship is the same. It is not our sameness but our difference that spawns the harmony. Two—each totally himself/herself—united as one, become the perfect living harmony. Each partner brings his own gifts to the marriage - and builds, lifts, and strengthens the other. Each also brings his own baggage into this marriage - family, personality, religion, thinking, habits, etc. They do not go away. The male does not become a female, nor vice-versa.
They do not have to agree on every issue. Good marriages can thrive with great differences! In fact, just as it is the differences between notes that creates the chord when the notes are in harmony, so the differences in spouses creates the strength in the marriage.
Each is free yet submissive. "Love covers a multitude of sins."
If you love, live that love.
Speak that love.
Never allow your mate to question whether anything is more important to you than he/she is.
If your love is waning, follow Christ's instructions to the church at Ephesus: Turn around and do those things that you did at the first and so rekindle your love. Rev 2:4-5 (par)
Jack was raised in a Christian home where he spent his youth preparing to preach God’s word. First published at thirteen, writing and speaking became Jack’s passions. Whether through newspaper columns, magazine articles, radio broadcasts or public speaking engagements, Jack continues to share his heart with his readers. His life’s motto: To Know God, and To Show Him To Others.