By Lavern Nissley, Tuesday@10:10 blog
Independence Day. Freedom from tyranny. Something to be celebrated, right? Our country took a step forward in becoming independent from Great Britain 239 years ago. I don't think anyone would want to go back to the way things were. Taxation without representation . . . ugh! In this context "independence" is a positive word.
Somehow I don't think "independence" is such a positive word in marriage! Two people seeking ways to be free from each other's influence feels more like a recipe for divorce than for a healthy marriage.
Speaking from experience, I can say that the "independence mindset" is damaging and leads away from, not toward, unity. I have seen the negative impact upon Ronda, my wife of 36 years, when I make a unilateral decision that affects her--be it a large purchase, a time commitment or anything that leaves her perspective out in the cold.
A better mindset for a healthy marriage is "inter-dependence", a mutual working together toward common goals. It acknowledges that we both need the other person while bringing positive contributions ourselves. Several examples:
Then light a few safe fireworks and celebrate your life together!
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Main author is Lavern Nissley, Executive Director of MRCMV. Guest authors will be included in posts from time to time.