Marriage is meant to be a beautiful, lifelong commitment. Sadly, many marriages don’t last. Hard times come and couples split up.
Maybe it’s one person’s fault. Maybe it’s both. Or maybe it’s not really anyone’s fault at all. Whatever the reason, divorce is a heartbreaking reality.
According to the American Psychological Association, between 40 and 50 percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce, and the rate is even higher for second and third marriages, and so on.
This statistic comes as no surprise. Divorce seems to be commonplace in our culture and there are more blended families than ever before.
All relationships face trials. Setting abuse aside, as that’s a different topic all together, everyone disagrees with their spouse at some point or another.
We’re all human, after all. Puppy love fades and with that fading comes an eye-opening realization that no one is perfect.
If we can look past those imperfections and learn to love unconditionally, we’d all be a lot better off. Rather than nitpicking, we can look at the heart and see the beauty behind those flaws.
One story in particular about embracing imperfections has gone viral numerous times over the past decade. Once you read what the author has to say, it will be clear why.
The story of the “Burned Biscuits” has made its way across social media over the years, and has resurfaced.
The meaning behind the heartwarming tale is eyeopening and maybe even a little convicting.
“When I was a kid,” the story begins, “my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then.” The story goes on to share how the mom burned the biscuits on one particular evening.
She’d worked all day and still managed to put dinner on the table. I’m sure my fellow moms out there can relate.
The child in the story shares how they waited to see what their dad’s reaction would be. Would he comment on the less-than-perfect meal?
No. Instead the father did something the child never forgot. “All my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Mom and ask me how my day was at school.”
“I remember hearing my Mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I’ll never forget what he said, ‘Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then.'”
These words are simple yet profound. The child in the story explains how their dad’s gracious outlook on life has stayed with them.
“…learning to accept each other’s faults and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship…” the post says.
This is so true. Does anyone else relate? Reading these words has reminded me to look for the good above the bad in my marriage, and in all relationships in general.
I think this quote puts it best — “Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” I’ll second that!
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