Check the Patent for a Great Marriage

Ever thought it would be so easy if marriage came with an instruction manual? A definitive answer to all of the issues that come up between a husband and a wife?

For instance, there’s the age-old stresses that are created because one person squeezes the tube of toothpaste from the bottom and the other squeezes it from the middle. Worse yet the top third.

Or, one leaves the seat lid up. The other wants it down.

Just mention these at a wedding and you get laughter every time. I know. I’ve used that line before.

But perhaps the greatest debate surrounding bathroom propriety revolves around which way to turn the toilet paper on the roll. Should the paper roll be on the outside of the underside? Interesting how we tend to have our preferences on that issue.

Now you can have the definitive answer. Making the rounds on the web is the 1891 patent by New York businessman Seth Wheeler who invented the “wrapping paper with perforations.” He clearly intended the roll to be on the outside.

That’s how the creator of the toilet paper intended us to use his invention. Now all the “unders” can repent and get on track towards a more happy marriage.

And while you’re at it, you might check in with the one who created marriage. Many of the disagreements that lead to marriages falling apart could be avoided if we would only turn to God for direction.

  • Having a disagreement? “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.”
  • Wanting your way all the time? “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
  • Thinking of yourself and your needs too much? “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” That includes your spouse.
  • Eyes starting to stray a bit? “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled.”

Good marriages take good work. Great marriages take even greater work. Look at the patent again and make the necessary adjustments.

You’ll be rolling right along before you know it.

Question: Where do you turn when you have marital issues?


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