‘These Are the Best Years of Our Lives’

After 47 years of marriage, John and Piper's love is only sweeter. The lessons they've learned have helped them reach the best days of their marriage.

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‘These Are the Best Years of Our Lives’

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After 47 years of marriage, John and Piper's love is only sweeter. The lessons they've learned have helped them reach the best days of their marriage.


In any intimate relationship, the ability to address negative feelings right away is of utmost importance. In this episode of In My Day, we hear from Piper and John Scherrei who have been married for 47 years and have, over the course of those years, learned much about being honest with each other and responding with forgiveness. Indeed, their best years are ahead of them because of their dedication to their marriage early on. John recollects a time when he was a firefighter, studying to be a captain. Since the position of captain was a coveted role, many others in his field were also working towards that role, bringing a lot of competition to the process. Piper, who was hesitant to put a standard of expectation on his performance, decided to approach the situation by checking in and asking, “Are you sure you want to do this?” instead of saying, “You will definitely get this job.” RELATED CONTENT: Couple Married 79 Years Shares the 'Secret' to Their Remarkably Long Marriage Thinking this would be the best way to support him, Piper confesses: “I never wanted pressure to come from me for him to have to promote.” So, when John had to study, Piper would take all the kids out to go to the park or do what they had to do on the given day so that John was able to study. But John needed a different kind of support. He eventually admitted this to Piper, telling her that he really needed to know that she was behind him and his efforts to become captain. And while this was unexpected for Piper, she recalls, “That was a breakthrough for me.” Like that moment, they’ve been able to, when upset with each other, confront the issue quickly. “Grudge-holding is deadly,” Piper reminds us. John agrees with her, recounting a recent moment in which he said to her: “These are the best years of our lives.” John and Piper remind us that we can’t afford to use any of our precious time being upset with those that we love. To hear more about honesty and forgiveness in an intimate relationship, and to learn what Piper sweetly confesses about her relationship with John, check out the video above.

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