If you listen to Dave Ramsey with any regularity you’ll hear him use the term “best practices”. It usually comes up when he’s talking to a budding entrepreneur about to venture into a small business.
Dave suggests they find someone who’s doing what they want to do and model them. Want to start a cleaning business? Go to a town several hours away (so you won’t be seen as competition) and spend the day following the most successful cleaner in the area.
You’ll be able to observe how they do things and ask questions… potentially saving yourself money and frustration in the future.
Best practices are great for business but I think they can also be valuable in marriage. If you think about it, I bet there are a few couples in your life with the kind of marriage you’d like to emulate.
I do! There are several in my Church family. My Aunts and Uncles are also great examples… but perhaps the couple I look to the most as showing “best practices” in marriage is my in-laws.
Their faith, love, and generosity is evident in all they do. It’s a great formula that has served them well… and had them recently celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
I have no doubt that if my wife and I continue to follow their example we’ll be able to celebrate our own 50th in 2047. It’s a ways off but it’s good to have a goal!