The fable is about a poor farmer who discovers that his goose is laying
At first the farmer thinks it must be a trick. But when he gets the
eggs appraised, he learns that they’re pure gold!
The farmer can’t believe it. And he gets even more excited when
he realizes that the goose is laying golden eggs EVERYDAY. Eventually,
the farmer becomes fabulously wealthy.
But the farmer tires of caring for the goose and waiting day after day
for the golden eggs. So he decides to kill the goose and get all the
golden eggs at once. But when he opens the goose, there are no golden
eggs. And now the goose is gone too.
How does this relate to your marriage?
A good relationship lays many golden eggs: security, companionship,
fun, intimacy, just to name a few. In the words of Jerry McGuire, “You
complete me.” And that’s exactly how we feel when we’re
in a successful marriage…COMPLETE.
But the golden eggs of a marriage are THE RESULT OF tending to the
relationship (the goose).
Over time, most people grow tired of caring for their marriage. Most
people become selfish and impatient. So they stop extending common courtesies,
being sensitive, and thoughtful. They stop giving their marriage time
and energy. And they treat the person closest to them in a way they
would never treat even a stranger on the street.
The amazing thing is that most people’s inappropriate behavior
in their marriage is, in their mind, an effort to grab some golden eggs.
In other words, people aren’t trying to sabotage their marriage.
They’re trying to get what they want. They’re trying to
get the golden eggs. But their behavior is killing the goose!
In the beginning of your marriage, your relationship is strong and
indestructible. But if you want the goose to keep laying the golden
eggs, you’ve got to learn how to take care of it.
It’s easy to fall in love. But maintaining a marriage that lays
golden eggs year after year is something very few people know how to
But the fact is, it’s not hard. You can do it! You simply have
to know how.
Remember the first time you tried to use a computer? Overwhelmed right?
“How does this work?” But once someone showed you; from
then on it was easy.
Renewing your marriage and maintaining love in your relationship is
kind of like learning to use a computer. It’s seems impossible;
until someone shows you how to do it.
is NOT a mystery. Just as there are physical laws of the universe (such
as gravity), there are also laws for relationships.
as the right diet and exercise program makes you physically stronger,
certain habits in your relationship WILL make your marriage stronger.
a direct cause and effect. If you know and apply the laws, the results
are predictable—you can “make” love.
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