I had the idea to write this blog, but I had no idea that this topic was so controversial! I wanted to talk about how much I enjoyed spending time with my husband, and how I consider him my best friend. But after doing some research, I see that society is torn about whether or not your husband is your best friend.
I’m starting to realize now a year into my marriage that I don’t know everything there is to know about marriage. I feel like the teenager that knew everything but then realized that life is not what she thought! So, although what I have been sharing with you all is valid, there is still much I need to learn, and much that I need to learn more before I can say I’ve mastered that topic.
One of those things, apparently, is marrying your best friend.
Now, the question is not should you marry your best friend. The question is not should your husband be your only friend (I’ve already addressed that question in this post). The question I am posing here is: Do you enjoy hanging out with your spouse?
I’ve learned that a spouse fulfills many roles. A spouse is a business partner as you manage your finances together and give each other work advice. A spouse is a house manager as you work together to clean, repair, and organize your living space. A spouse is an accountability partner as you vent and he/she gives you feedback about your experiences. A spouse is a parent as you work together to figure out how to raise your kids.
As we grow into adults and have to take on more responsibilities, we see that God intended for our spouses to truly help us live our lives. Studies show that middle aged people experience a “dip in happiness” due to the stresses of life, but spouses can help cushion that dip with love and support. However, my warning is to not let your spouse just be your “responsibility sharer.” What fun would you have if you only talked about paying the bills, Johnny’s trip to the principal’s office, and what to do about the crack in the ceiling?
Before I met my husband, I knew subconsciously that I wanted a man who would be all of these things for me. Even in my teenage years, I was praying for God to bring me a man like this. But when I actually met my husband, these things were not on my mind. These were the actual questions running through my head: Can I talk to him without thinking too hard about what to say? Does he make me laugh? Do we enjoy doing similar things? And, of course, we had great conversations, we laughed together, and we found things to do together that we both enjoyed.
Over time, after getting to know him better, I learned that he would be a great financial adviser; he is good with money and he works hard at whatever he does. I learned that he would be a great house manager; he looks at our living situation in a way that I don’t and he helps strategize how to best take care of it. I learned that he would be a great accountability partner; we both follow the word of God, and he is able to tell me the truth in love. I learned that one day, he would make a great dad; I see how he interacts with children and I know that he will be a great role model for our boys and a gentle protector of our girls.
Don’t forget to enjoy your spouse in the midst of the day-to-day responsibilities. Go on a journey with your spouse. Schedule time for just the two of you to have fun and relax. And remember why you fell in love in the first place. Marital love is not a business transaction; it is a plant that needs to be cultivated and nurtured in order for it to grow strong and produce fruit in your life.