A 100-year-old Nevada couple was recently honored as “America’s longest-married couple.” The husband and wife were married in April of 1933. On a recent trip to Nevada, the President invited them to a gathering where he was going to publicly acknowledge their monumental achievement. However, the couple was late to the event and the President had to remove the remarks from his prepared speech. When asked later about being late to the event Wilbur said, “Well, I guess we just aren’t as fast as we were back in our 90s.” They all had a good laugh.
Then reporters asked what the secret was to their wedded bliss as they approached their 80th anniversary. Wilbur said, “It’s very simple. Marriage is a lot of give and take and compromise.” What a great example of love and commitment!
The Bible says, “33 A Husband must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband” (Ephesians 5:33).
“Give and take and compromise” are critical ingredients in our daily life. If you are a husband or a wife, a parent, a student, a sibling, a boss or an employee, give and take and compromise may mean the difference between success and failure in your relationships.