Let me ask you: Are you a quality- or quantity-time person? I mean, there are a ton of benefits to quality time. The closeness that can develop. The depth of connection, the understanding and sense of priority and thoughtfulness just overflow with so much good. Quantity time has its share of great results, too. The shared time that builds a shared story. Memory making time, over the long haul, that you wouldn’t trade for anything. If you had to choose one, which way would you tend to lean?
In certain seasons, we need to weigh the priorities and demands of life and make sure one or the other happens in a way that blesses our relationship with our spouse. Our choice and intentionality of approach can also bless our friendships and the relationships we share with our kids and extended family.
But ultimately, the cool thing I get to share today is this: We don't have to choose! It doesn’t have to be heavy lifting. It doesn’t need to be complex or difficult. Whenever possible, we can think intentionally and creatively to find ways to bring both quality- and quantity-time into our marriages. Quality time and quantity time can be harmonious in all our relationships. They’re music in the same key. Focus exclusively on just one for too long, and things can get out of tune. But put them together and there’s beautiful music to be made.
Consider pursuing one or more of these in your relationships...
Which of these resonates with you, and might help you bring greater quality and quantity into your time together with the one you love?
Pray for your relationship: Lord, please bring freshness into our communication and help us continue to get to know one another in a way that we fall deeper and deeper in love as the days, weeks, months, and years go by. Amen.