Life can be lonely when it’s a story of just one person. With two, there can be a sense of completeness.
So what does a partner in marriage bring? A partner means there’s someone to share all aspects of the business of living—someone to help with earning a living, cleaning the house, cooking meals, and raising children. Marriage partnership can bring you a perpetual playmate, a pal to do things with, a sexual partner, and a partner at social events. During difficult times, a partner is there to help when you’re ill and to talk over situations that provoke emotional distress.
Couples nowadays are very fortunate to have all types of opportunities available to learn marriage communication skills. You wouldn’t build a house without first learning how to use a hammer and nails. You wouldn’t go out on the baseball field without knowing how to hit a ball, throw, and catch, especially if you’re going to play in a high-level tournament.
Marriage is a high-skilled activity. People who enter marriage without the requisite skill-sets put themselves at risk for emotional injuries. With the necessary communication skills, by contrast, marriage offers a pathway to a life filled with blessings.
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