A woman walks into her psychiatrist’s office and plops down in a chair looking weary and and frustrated. She sat there looking off in the distance a moment and then finally began to speak, “I can’t take anymore, Doc. I’ve decided I’m going to leave my husband and I need your help.”
The doctor looked confused, “Hmm, Let me try to understand. If your mind is already made up, why do you still need my help?”The woman replied, ” Ever since I’ve made up my mind to leave him, I’ve been trying to come up with a way that will pay him back for everything he’s ever done, but for the life of me, I can’t think of anything! Nothing really good anyway. I need you to help me come up with the best way to pay him back for all I’ve had to put up with!”
Both leaned forward at that moment, for he definitely had her attention now! “You do?!”
“Yes,” replied the doctor. “I want you to remain with your husband for one more month, exactly 28 days.” The women was startled, but the doctor continued, “During that month I want you to do all the things your husband loves and enjoys. Fix him all his favorite dinners. If he likes to watch football all day on Sunday, make him his favorite football snacks and make sure the kids are busy elsewhere in the house so that he’s not bothered. Lay out his clothes; pack him little treats in his lunch. Get him his paper and slippers each day, if he likes that sort of thing!”
It was now the woman’s turn to be completely confused, “I don’t get it. How is that going to pay him back for all he’s done to me?!”
Several months had past and the doctor hadn’t seen or heard from her since, until one day, while walking in the mall, he spotted her from a distance walking arm and arm with a man. They were smiling, laughing and seemed to be very much in love and truly enjoying themselves and one another. Suddenly, she spotted him and immediately let go of the man’s arm and began hurrying over to him. “Doc… Doc!” She drew closer and held out her arms to give him a big hug! “I can’t ever thank you enough!! That advice you gave me was the best ever!”
“Ah!” the doctor replied, trying to pry himself from the woman’s embrace, “So you went home and stayed for another month with your husband?”
“And you treated your husband like a king? Did everything he really enjoys? Cooked his favorite meals, watch football with him, etc. etc?
“And then you left him the very next morning?”
“What?! Leave him?! Are you kidding? He is the best husband a girl could ever hope for!!”
By that time her husband had joined them and the wife slipped her arms back around her husband’s arm and looked up adoringly into her husband’s face and sighed happily….
This little story conveys an important truth that is given in 1 John 4:19: “We love Him because He first loved us.” It’s only natural to want to love and bless someone who has loved and blessed you in some way. Now there may be those who continue to be indifferent and who don’t fit into the mold, but I believe most of us would.