Three Qualities To Cultivate

Three Qualities To Cultivate

by ChristianCrush Team

Far, far away, in a distant land called My Middle School Experience, I had a bubbly, happy teacher fresh from a summer wedding. Of course my class absolutely had to know how our teacher met her husband. The answer surprised us so much that to this day I can feel the shock in the room.

 

“I prayed over a list,” she said.  A list? We gave one another skeptical glances. A list of what? “A list of all his character attributes, and physical qualities, and his quirks...just about everything.”

 

Our teacher had been single for a long time, and no great guys were showing up. She was mad at God and herself, and finally she stopped and asked herself why she wasn’t finding what she wanted. Wasn’t she trying hard enough? Turns out it wasn’t the trying that was the problem – it was her focus. Once she actually wrote down the qualities of the man she wanted to marry, everything seemed incredibly clear. She met her future husband a few years after The List began.

 

Over a decade later, finding love doesn’t seem to have changed much. Many of us still tend to strike out without being entirely sure what we are looking for. The goal of writing such a list is to keep your eyes on the prize. When you know the cornerstones of your dream spouse’s character, you’re not just looking for kind, generous, deep-thinking Fabio. You’re on a quest to find someone who makes you feel blessed, lucky, totally accepted, and completely ready to tackle anything life throws at you.

 

Little mental notes after bad dates or unhealthy relationships can be too easy to forget. Hindsight isn’t always 20/20; sometimes the mistake is so far away we can’t quite remember how we made it in the first place. That’s why creating a physical list can be so helpful for singles. Getting specific will really help you get down to the root of what is best for you. I imagined what kind of man will best soften my not-so-nice qualities, make me laugh, and encourage my better side, then I wrote down an outline of the character of that person.

 

As you write down what you’re looking for, here are three things that any spouse – male or female – should be:

 

Wise

 

Wisdom is one of the most highly valued character traits in the Bible. Any time you hear about a king or leader, God either calls them out for being wise in their own eyes or praises them for showing true wisdom. The book of Proverbs practically overflows with pearls of wisdom about wisdom, like these gems: “a person who speaks wisely gives the world something more valuable than money” (Prov. 20:15), and only the foolish say “Bah humbug” where it comes to wisdom from God (Prov. 1:7). The goal is to find someone who is wise as well as humble about it.

 

Righteous

 

Saying that a person is righteous doesn’t carry the same connotations that it once did. Ask society and they’ll tell you it’s about being filled with Bible-thumping, religious hot air. The Bible, on the other hand, defines righteousness as a mix of doing and believing (1 Tim. 6:11, Romans 3:20-24). It means doing good things that work with God’s plans and trusting and believing God is who he says he is. A person who is truly righteous will never seem pompous or holier-than-thou, but they will also encourage everyone around them to chase after God. The righteous man or woman knows how to keep going when the going gets tough (Prov. 24:16), and that’s just the kind of guy or gal you want by your side in the tough times.

 

Prayerful

 

All over the Old Testament, you find stories of people of God visiting with great kings and leaders. They were revered and treated with respect. Sometimes they were Levites, but more often than not they were simply men (and women, such as Deborah) who listened closely to the word of God. These people had the ear of the Lord not because they were perfect, but because they talked to God every day. Like Prov. 15:29 says, “The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.” Therefore, look for someone who actively pursues intimacy with Christ.

 

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Wyatt Fisher, Psy.D. is a psychologist and faculty member at Liberty University. His blog can be found at http://www.christiancrush.com/relationship/ - See more at: http://www.christiancrush.com/relationships/why-am-i-single.html#sthash.iSf6h8eT.dpuf

 Dr. Wyatt Fisher is a licensed psychologist in Denver, CO and founder of ChristianCrush, the Colorado Marriage Refresh, and Fisher Christian Counseling Services

 

 

 What else do you feel every spouse needs?

Comments (16)

God bless you for this points, I really got blessed today because my list of qualities for my ideal man is so long that I started wondering if I have really being realistic. Please dr, do you have any article on How a lady can know true suitor from a fake materialistic one? I am having a problem in that area. I don't know how to detect true love from materialistic love and that is putting fear of going into serious relationship with my suitors. I am sure many ladies out there like me,will appreciate this guidance. Thank you and keep up the good works.
By on January 18, 2016 @ 3:40am MT 86

Dr. WyattThanks Honourably.....if a woman or man is wealthy, it is ideal for the person they are dating to not know this information until a much later stage of the relationship to ensure their motives are pure.
By Dr. Wyatt on January 18, 2016 @ 8:42pm MT

Kingsley ChibuzoDr Wyatt, it's good connecting with you. Thank you for such insight. I will continue to follow your guidance.
By Kingsley Chibuzo on August 22, 2014 @ 3:39am MT 86

Dr. WyattThanks Kingsley....I appreciate your feedback!
By Dr. Wyatt on August 22, 2014 @ 11:43am MT

BornAgainGirlWooww!!! This is very insightful and really good guidance. Yes its true that we many times do not have a list and even when there is one, it is so much about the physical looks, etc (more of material). One will require a partner with whom both will build each other in God/spiritually. Thank you Dr. Wyatt
By BornAgainGirl on August 19, 2014 @ 11:20pm MT 86

Dr. WyattThanks BornAgainGirl....so glad you found the article helpful...yes, while physical attraction is important it should be one of the many qualities we search for rather than the main quality.
By Dr. Wyatt on August 20, 2014 @ 10:53am MT

I also feel every spouse needs to be kind.
By on August 19, 2014 @ 10:15am MT 86

Dr. WyattAmen....kindness is a must
By Dr. Wyatt on August 19, 2014 @ 9:23pm MT

What a beautiful way to describe to people a way to find someone! I am definitely needing a list in my search. Thank you for sharing! God bless
By on August 19, 2014 @ 10:14am MT 86

Dr. WyattThanks Rebecca...yes, a list can be really helpful!
By Dr. Wyatt on August 19, 2014 @ 9:23pm MT

jkateshiThank you Dr. Wyatt, you have built me, I now know how to pray for my husband.
By jkateshi on August 19, 2014 @ 7:24am MT 86

Dr. WyattYou're welcome jkateshi!
By Dr. Wyatt on August 19, 2014 @ 9:23pm MT

BetterLife82466After 2 wrong choices and a lot of heart-wrenching pain, I have already made "The List" but it's too long to list it here probably. Here are just a few of the points on my list of the "ideal man after God's Own Heart." Truthful, Humble, Kind to humans and animals, Respectful of People and Property, Devoted to God, me, my children, pets, others, Selfless, Giving, Content, Hopeful, Encouraging, Supportive, Trustworthy, Treats his own family and friends and new acquaintances well, Joyful, Sensitive, Committed, Selfless, Faith-filled, Charismatic, Sincere... (if anyone would like the full list, please let me know)
By BetterLife82466 on August 19, 2014 @ 5:22am MT 86

Dr. WyattGreat qualities BetterLife.....very nice!
By Dr. Wyatt on August 19, 2014 @ 9:22pm MT

Thank you so much for this insight and reminder. I had a mental list but half the time couldn't remember the qualities and characteristics I was looking for.
By on August 18, 2014 @ 11:59pm MT 86
Dr. WyattYou're welcome....yes, being very clear and intentional with the qualities is essential.
By Dr. Wyatt on August 19, 2014 @ 9:22pm MT

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