Friday, September 19, 2008

What do you SEE in each other? Being a person of VIRTUE.

When your significant other talks about you to others, or others talk to them about you, what are they saying about you? Is your guy/girl proud to tell his friends and associates about the things you are doing and the things you are involved in? There are many young couples I know who work longer hours just to stay away from their wives, and they have been married less than a year! These young men talk together about how hard it is to go home to their nagging, unhappy, discontented wives. I would NOT want my husband feeling that way about me!

I think it is important for each one of us to be involved in something that contributes to building our society in some way. Whether it’s volunteering at a hospital, or at a cancer support group or nursing home, whether it’s being in charge of the Brownie troop or some other non-profit organization, it is important that we take the time to give back something to the society of which we are a part. When you take the time to be involved in helping others less fortunate than yourself, many things come about as a result:

*Once you have children, they will see that it is important to take time for others, even while you’re still trying to “get it together” yourself.
*Your family is aware of those less fortunate and less apt to complain about petty things.
*Your family will have an enhanced appreciation of the “gift” of the “present.”

Are you a “virtuous" person?  Some virtues to consider are prudence, temperance, courage, justice; love, hope, faith, humility, kindness, abstinence, chastity, patience, liberality, diligence, faith, hope, charity, fortitude, justice. How are these virtues demonstrated in your daily life? Every person has at least one “gift” – one area where they are strong in. Take your gift and use it to make your world a better place!

A virtuous person can be trusted. Can your significant other trust YOU? In Proverbs 31, it says that the virtuous woman’s husband safely trusts in her, so that he needs nothing.  He needs NOTHING! This woman can be COUNTED ON!

A virtuous person is a hard worker; they cannot be lazy!  They take care of themself. They learn about things they need to know about.  They invest in others' lives.  They are productive!  They WORK at it!    The virtuous person has really got it together!  And when they don’t they're WORKING  towards getting it together!

Challenge:  Assess the virtues you demonstrate in your daily life and work on several areas you want to improve upon.  Find an area you can help out or volunteer in on a regular basis, even if it's only once a month for a few hours:  INVEST in others outside your family.   And be sure that YOUR spouse has need of NOTHING because he/she can safely trust in you!

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