The latest US census reports that more Americans have chosen to stay single rather than getting married. The main factors for this shift is a tendency to delay marriage, high divorce rates, and couples living together. This new trend is very different than those of our grandparents.

I talk with many people who have been married for more than 50 years. Yesterday I met a couple who had been married for 69 years! It seems that most of those in their 20’s and 30’s are amazed that me and my wife have been married for 32 years . . . and that we actually love and enjoy each others company. It seems to me that so many people today have not really seem or experienced real love and companionship in their life.

A few days ago while visiting in a nursing home I saw an amazing act of love. A man I have spoken to several times was waiting for the staff to bring his wife to him. When she arrived he touched her face and told her how much he loved her. He sang a song to her while holding her hand. Because of her illness, there was no show of understanding or giving love back. This loving husband was not deterred. He continued to talk to her and express his love to her.

It seems to me that our world could use some men who really love their spouse . . . and are not ashamed to show it publicly.  Yesterday I had two women tell me that there are not any good men left in this world. Men, it’s time to stand up and love our wives the way God wants us to. Paul wrote, “husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her” (Ephesians 5:25 NLT).

Men, let’s learn to sacrifice our wishes, wants, and desires for our wife.