Today’s Challenge in the 30-Day Marriage Challenge is to think about what it would be like in your spouse’s shoes.
When I saw the challenge, to me it felt like a “non-challenge.” After all, how hard is it to think about something. To be honest, I was prepared to all but skip this one.
But since it is a challenge I wanted to at least try, so to truly try and understand what it would be like to be in his shoes, I thought the easiest way would be to mentally walk myself in his shoes through his day.
In his shoes, I wake up hours before the sun rises for work, getting dressed in the dark so I don’t disturb my wife while she is asleep.
I tell her I love her and kiss her goodbye, check on both kids while they’re asleep, and double check every door in the home (we have a lot) before I leave the house.
I arrive at the warehouse to pick up my truck and spend the next 8 hours or so in and out of stores, driving and making deliveries. Once I know my wife is awake, I call home to make sure everything is okay, because I don’t like leaving my family alone at home so early in the morning.
After work I pick my four-year-old up from school. Most of the time we go outside to play before I cook dinner.
After dinner, it’s time to relax until the kids’ bedtime. If it’s my night, I get our son ready for bed and read him a story before I go to sleep and get ready for the next day.
In his shoes, I do everything I can to protect and take care of my family. Now that I’m back in my own shoes, I know that I need to be more appreciative of all he does to make that true.
Take some time to do this exercise and “walk” in your spouse’s shoes. Comment and tell us what you think of the experience? Has it made you appreciate your spouse even more?
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