Daily Devotional: The Art of Being Wise is the Art of Knowing What to Overlook

Proverbs 19:11

~A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.~

together 50 The story is told of a couple at their golden wedding anniversary celebration. Surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great children, the wife was asked the secret to a long and happy marriage. With a loving glance toward her husband, she answered: “On my wedding day, I decided to make a list of ten of my husband’s faults which, for the sake of our marriage, I would overlook. I figured I could live with at least ten faults.”

A guest asked her to identify some of the faults she had chosen to overlook. Her husband looked a bit troubled at the thought of having his foibles and flaws revealed to the assembled group. However, his wife sweetly replied, “To tell you the truth, dear, I never did get around to listing them. Instead, every time my husband did something that made me hopping mad, I would simply say to myself, Lucky for him that’s one of the ten!”

Even the most devoted friends and spouses will experience storms in their relationships from time to time. Some problems are worth addressing in order to resolve them. Others are best left undiscussed. In time, issues of little importance tend to blow past without any need for a “blowup”.


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