Being in relationship means you will step on each other’s toes. Maybe quite frequently. You are different from your mate, and they are different from you. Don’t allow these differences to become a barrier between you, but rather a source of excitement and interest. Don’t let small annoyances build, but rather forgiving each other—again and again. “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against each other.” (Colossians 3:13)

Dr. David Hawkins is the director of the Marriage Recover Center where he counsels couples in distress. He is the author of over 30 books, including Dealing With the CrazyMakers in Your Life90 Days to a Fantastic Marriage, and When Pleasing Others is Hurting You. Dr. Hawkins grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and lives with his wife on the South Puget Sound where he enjoys sailing, biking, and skiing. He has active practices in two Washington cities. You can also find Dr. Hawkins on Facebook and Twitter