When my boys were growing up, my wife and I often talked to them about their goals. Trent and Troy usually focused on things like grades or what they hoped to achieve in sports. Jean and I supported those ambitions, but we also encouraged them to think outside the box, like considering what they could do to develop their character.
Which got my wife and me thinking about setting goals for our marriage. We began having conversations about our relationship in terms of themes, like forgiveness, grace, or patience. Not only do we discuss the theme, but we weave the theme into every part of our marriage during that season of life by being proactive about being more forgiving, grace-filled, or patient with each other.
What are your marriage goals? For a happy relationship, you need something more inspiring than “staying together.” Find ways to fuel deeper intimacy in your marriage. Read a book together or watch a movie you can discuss afterward. Have a common goal, like saving for a dream vacation. Even better, build character into your marriage by being more considerate, more patient, or more forgiving with each other.
Instead of living out your marriage as an endless string of mundane days, find a theme. Sometimes a few small changes is all it takes to give your marriage new purpose and fresh life.