Depreciating Assets

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


A young woman searching for a husband posted an internet announcement. She described herself as spectacularly beautiful. For that, she said, she wanted a man worth at least half a million dollars a year.

One man responded that her offer was a lousy business deal. "You’re suggesting a simple trade,” he wrote. “You bring your looks. I bring my money. But your looks will fade, and my money will grow. In economic terms, you’re a depreciating asset.”

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. If marriage were only a contract for pride and profit, the young woman’s approach might work—for a while. But for a marriage to grow in value, it takes more giving than getting and self-sacrifice over self-satisfaction . . . in the high calling of our daily work.

Each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. (Eph. 5:33)