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Find a good spouse, you find a good life — and even more: the favor of God! Better to live alone in a tumbledown shack than share a mansion with a nagging spouse. Better to live in a tent in the wild than with a cross and petulant spouse. Proverbs 18:22; 21:9,19

It is written that Solomon shared his royal mansion with 700 wives and 300 concubines - that seems to put these verses in context a bit. Perhaps the king had a better understanding of a nagging, cross and petulant spouse than any other person that has ever lived. Even so, it strikes me a bit odd that the purported wisest person that has ever lived did not understand the concept and blessings of monogamy. Maybe his ignorance of this caused many of his problems?

In contrast, Solomon indicates that there is blessing and favor from God in marriage. When I think about marriage I consider how much I have had to change for the better because I have had a spouse and children to think of. Family life causes a person to adopt a selfless and loving attitude. Perhaps a focus on the nagging of a spouse is evidence in both partners of a need to be selfless. Could it be that "a good spouse" and "a good life" is about how we see them?

Help me Lord, to always see, and focus on, the best in my wife and my children.

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