We keep saying, “Learning through laughter is our favorite way to grow our marriage.” Life has been so serious (especially lately) that we have made it our habit to weave humor in between the layers of seriousness. When things get too heavy we do all we can to take a “humor break.” This “good medicine” helps us to better face the tough stuff. This is one of those times. We’ve been dealing with so many serious marriage issues that we thought it was time to infuse some humor amidst the tough stuff. That’s why we’re giving some funny marriage insights here. And then we’re giving some “thots” of our own that have helped our marriage. We hope you find all of these insightful.
Funny Marriage Insights Followed by Thots
• “Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.” (Benjamin Franklin)
THOT from Steve: Cindy and I had been dating/engaged for more than two years when we were married. You would have thought we would have entered marriage with our eyes wide open. We didn’t. As a result we nearly divorced two years later. Fortunately, Christ came into our lives and helped rebuild our marriage—the right way. Now, we tell engaged couples to have frank discussions on the important issues. For instance, finances, sex, children, opposite sex friendships, etc. Nearly 49 years of marriage has taught us this is time well spent.
• “Marriage is a bond between a person who never remembers anniversaries and another who never forgets them.” (Ogden Nash)
THOT from Cindy: But together, it’s all covered, right? :) Actually, there are times when this is no laughing matter. But truly, we sometimes need to lighten up and not take EVERYTHING so seriously. As far as our differences go:
“The challenge [and mission] in every marriage is to recognize each other’s differences, to understand them, and to fit them together so the couple can function as a team.” (Kevin Leman)
So, instead of picking away at our differences, it’s healthier to look for the ways in which your differences compliment your spouse’s. Take those different approaches and apply them towards each project.
• “My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.” (Winston Churchill)
THOT from Steve: Studying Winston Churchill for several years and knowing his temperament, I can see why he’d say this. For me, however, I’d have to say my most brilliant achievement was learning how to truly cherish Cindy. And then it’s purposing to live that out every day of my life.
• “We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” (Robert Fulgham)
THOT from Steve: I have to take this one. When I first started in broadcasting in 1968 my radio name was “Weird Willy West.” What does that tell you about me? You can imagine how amazed I was after I met Cindy that she fell in love with me. That’s more than 50 years ago. I have matured (some) since then but I still have enough weirdness left in me to make Cindy laugh every day. We both believe the truth of Proverbs 17:22, “A merry heart does good, like medicine.”
So we take a lot of doses of this medicine every day. (Sometimes we have to look for it to find it; but we do!) We highly recommend this laughter tonic for the good health of every marriage.
More “Funny” Marriage Insights
• “Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity.” (Honore de Balzac)
THOT from Cindy: Don’t let the “familiarity monster” eat away at your love life with each other. Keep building upon the love story you began writing before you married the person you vowed to love to your dying day. If you’ve already allowed this monster in—change your mindset. And then start rebuilding your love—one action at a time.
• “Being a good husband is like being a stand-up comic. You need ten years before you can call yourself a beginner.” (Jerry Seinfeld)
THOT from Steve: Ten years?!?! Jerry must have been a VERY fast learner to achieve “beginner” status. I’ve found that there are still days, after I’ve blown it BIG TIME with Cindy, I need to go back to the beginner stage and start over again. Fortunately, for me, Cindy is a great giver of grace. Here’s what we’ve found to be true about marriage:
“When you marry each other, “What you’re actually saying, ‘I do’ to is hard work! ‘The marriage ceremony isn’t like graduation. Rather, it is similar to the first day of kindergarten! It’s not the culmination, but the beginning.’ We need to start treating it that way as grownups.” (Cindy Sigler Dagnan)
Additional Funny Marriage Insights
• “The best way to get most husbands to do something is to suggest that perhaps they’re too old to do it.” (Ann Bancroft)
THOT from Cindy: Yep! That’s where we are! I’ve done that many times :) … Hey! It works! (At least it did until I gave away this secret.)
“It’s tough to stay married. My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won’t drink from my glass.” (Rodney Dangerfield)
THOT from Steve: No thots on this one—just a picture of a dog that says a thousand words!
• “Before you marry a person you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are.” (Will Ferrell)
THOT from Cindy: That can give you a clue as to the type of temperament you’ll be living with in married life. If you’re not married yet, prayerfully consider:
“Marriage is not a sit-com; it is not a movie or a novel or a pop song. It involves real life and real people. If you are considering marriage to a person who is clearly not mature, that is exhibiting childish traits that create uproar and concern, please don’t look the other way! Simply being ‘in love’ and having a great time together is not a sufficient resume for marriage. Marriage is a serious step. It’s a lifetime commitment under God and cannot be entered into lightly. Don’t rush. Take a good, hard, honest look at your own readiness. And look at the readiness of your potential mate before making a final decision.” (Byron and Carla Weathersbee)
Even More Funny Marriage Insights
• “All men make mistakes; but married men find out about them sooner.” (Red Skelton) “If a man stands in a forest, and there are no women around to hear what he says, is he still wrong?” (Joey O’Connor)
THOT from Steve: Adding to Red’s quote, I’ve found that marriage is a vehicle Christ uses to teach us from our mistakes. I’ve learned far more from my mistakes than from my successes. But the key is you have to have an open heart to learn so Christ will teach us better. As for Joey O’Connor’s quote… Nope! In that case he’s not wrong because the good thing is, trees don’t judge.
• “Marrying a man is like buying something you’ve been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn’t always go with everything else in the house.” (Jean Kerr)
THOT from Cindy: When you marry, there are a lot of adjustments that need to be made. You can’t expect your marriage to be a good one if you keep your “single” mindset. You’re no longer one person making decisions with God. You’re now two making decisions with God… as a “cord of three strands.” What affects one affects both of you. You need to be aware of that. And when you don’t agree about something, keep in mind, “You won’t always think alike but you can still find ways to think together.”
Concluding Funny Marriage Insights
• “The most important four words for a successful marriage: ‘I’ll do the dishes.'” (Anonymous)
THOT from Cindy: When I read this I instantly thought of the following quote because it’s so true:
“Marriage is an occasion to practice the gospel day in and day out. …If we want our marriages to grow and flourish, we’ll follow the pattern for love that Christ lived. We’ll look for opportunities to lay down our lives, to put our love into practice. In the context of our daily lives, this seldom means we literally give up our lives for those we love. More likely, it means we pick up their dry cleaning. Or perhaps we take out the trash for them when they’re running late.” (Ellyn Sanna)
Now, yes, there are some spouses that just don’t get it—even if you served them all day long, 7 days a week. But then again, many people “didn’t get it” when Christ came to love and serve them, and laid down His life for them. But He did it, none-the-less. He knew the true formula for giving love. And thank God (literally) that He did! What are we told in the Bible? “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…”
We pray it is! The best marriage insights—funny or not, come from the word of God. Ingraft Christ’s attitude into your own. And then approach your spouse from that foundation. We encourage you to make it your goal to reveal and reflect the love of Christ within your marriage.
Cindy and Steve Wright
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