The Best Salesman in Inverness. Marriage Bliss, 6

Doilphins eating salmon

"Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart." (1Pet 1:22, NIV2)

"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" (Eph 5:25, NIV2)

As we entered a souvenir shop in Inverness, Scotland, we were greeted by a jovial and dynamic salesman. Noticing that we were tourists, he began telling us stories, legends and folklore, giving us indispensable advice on what kinds of souvenirs to bring home to our kids. He even gave us tips on what to see in the surrounding area.

We were especially intrigued when he shared with us a place where we could see dolphins. "You are here at the right time to see them," he explained. "The Salmon are going upstream right now to lay their eggs. At first the river is deep, but as they go on, it becomes more and more shallow, especially near the lighthouse. It's there that you will see dolphins, about an hour before high tide, playing as they catch their salmon dinners." He then gave us the directions we needed.

We felt like royalty from the moment we entered this store. It was evident that we were important to this salesman. In fact, if we weren't mistaken, he was actually enjoying making our day brighter.

This is how we should treat our spouse at all times: As royalty, as though they were the most important person in the world. True love can only happen when we spend time with one another, listening attentively to each other's every word, savoring each other's presence.

The dating isn't supposed to stop when the marriage vows are said. In fact, that is when it becomes even more important that we continue to bring flowers, or a book, or anything that will make them smile. Taking a walk together can become a special treat, as this is a prime time to share in whatever your spouse has been going through. We should always be encouraging, always having their best interest at heart. After all, your spouse should be seen as royalty in your eyes!

My wife recently made an interesting statement. We have our kids for about twenty years, but after that they are gone, and what's left is our spouses. Doesn't this mean that savoring each other is of even more importance?

Kids will come and go. Sadly, many marriages feel the stress when children enter their world. Although kids are precious, too often couples drift apart, for suddenly their hands are full with care of the child. Don't ever let that happen! Keep your spouse on the pedestal, especially when there is a new baby in the home.

A couple that savors each other day in and day out will become like "Salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth." (Matt 5:13a, MSG). And by doing so, we will influence our children, leaving upon them a lasting impression for their own future marriages. After all, what better way to learn than by our example!

That salesman in Inverness knew what was important. It wasn't the goods he was selling. His clients were the most important of all, and by treating them as such, he also sold his wares. The same is true with marriages. As long as we focus on ourselves, love will be fleeting; however, if our focus is on our spouse, we will experience bliss till the end.

"Honey, would you like to go out on a date? I heard of a new restaurant in town that will make your mouth water."

"Really? You are such a sweetheart!"

"Come on! You deserve it!"

Isn't this way better than: "Honey, where's my wallet?"

"Who do you think I am, your wallet watcher?"

Love can only bloom when our focus is on others.

P. S. We were able to see the dolphins chasing the salmon, and it was incredible. No tourist guides refer to this special treat. Only a salesman with a heart for his clients made this possible.

Rob Chaffart

The lighthouse near where the dolphins eat salmon

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