At first, love is easy. You see someone from across the room, your eyes meet, and your heart skips a beat. You go to movies and dinners. You learn about each others past. You laugh, flirt, and hold hands. It can be effortless and marvelous.
Eventually, the new wears off. Before long, you notice a few flaws in your partner you hadn’t seen before. Inevitably, you have your first argument.
Moving from infatuation love to love that lasts a lifetime requires giving to your partner on a regular basis.
In long, happy marriages, the couples give each other respect and forgiveness. They provide support and compassion. They listen. They believe. They surprise. They are generous and open in countless ways every day.
Give, because your generous behavior to your spouse creates a fulfilling, enjoyable love that lasts a lifetime.