Journaling Gratefulness

by Randy Schroeder

Is it possible that what my marriage needs is for me to develop more of the character qualities of Christ?

For example, the character quality of attentiveness. Wouldn't I be a better spouse if I had the attentiveness of Christ?

Or how might my marriage intimacy grow if I had the compassion of Christ? What if I had the gratefulness of Christ or the joyfulness of Christ or the self control of Christ?

Maybe I should ask my wife what character quality she would like to see developed in me.

One that I have been working on lately is gratefulness. I started a gratefulness journal a couple of years ago, where I would write big and small things that I have to be grateful for. I just realized recently that it has been about 9 months since I have written in it, and my overall attitude is less grateful than it was when I was writing in it. Interesting connection.

Change in my marriage has more to do with me becoming like Christ than almost any other factor. By God's grace, I certainly look a lot more like Jesus than I did 20 years ago. And yet, I can look a lot more like Him. As a church, let's go "all-in" for growing in our Christlike character.