“The day I gave myself up to the Lord Jesus to be his servant was the very best day of my life; then I began to be safe and to be happy.” Charles Spurgeon*

Most kids seem to think that they will be happiest when everyone is serving them. Although it’s counter-intuitive and counter-cultural, we can greatly increase our children’s happiness by helping them find joy in serving others.

The best model and motive for this is what they see in their parents’ marriage. In Ephesians 5, Paul’s basic argument is that the more we give of ourselves in the service of a spouse, the more union, intimacy, satisfaction, and fulfillment we will discover and enjoy in marriage. Let the “What can I give?” question drown out and drive out the “What can I get?” question in every situation.

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