“And are there any couples who have been married for more than fifty years?”
The audience anxiously looked around the crowded reception hall. One couple raised their hands. The emcee of the wedding reception quickly acknowledged them.
“Ahh…Jake and Sally! Please stand! How many years?”
“Fifty three!” Jake replied. A scattered chorus of “Oohs” and “Aahs” filled the hall.
“Jake, what’s your secret to a happy marriage?”
Without missing a beat, Jake replied, “Always agree with your husband!” Sally nodded and giggled as the reception erupted in laughter.
Good advice, I thought, as I nudged my wife. However, not too long ago, another couple also celebrating fifty years of marriage, was asked the same question and this time, the husband replied, “Always agree with your wife!” So who is correct?
While both statements may have been tongue in cheek, they illustrated an important point. Humor is an important element for a joyful successful marriage. The ability to laugh at oneself and together is an essential glue that is missing or scarce in many faltering relationships. God gives us these words of wisdom.
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
Proverbs 15:13 (NIV)
God created us to laugh and be cheerful. However, it is not at the expense of another or mocking another’s misfortune. What’s the secret?
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalms 37:4 (NIV)
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.