You may not be familiar with an RQ, and it’s for good reason–I made it up. 🙂 But testing of this kind has been around since the early 1900’s.
You’re most likely more familiar with an IQ, which stands for Intelligence Quotient. Your IQ is determined by measuring your answers to questions asked from others in your age group. It is a helpful tool for educators and interesting for parents.
But have you ever considered where your marriage would stand compared with other couples with similar circumstances like yours such as: years married, age, number of children, where you live, etc.?
Wouldn’t it be helpful and interesting to know?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a standardized test we can take to measure such statistics.
Oh, there are romance quizzes, but most of those are geared to couples dating, not married.
Of course, there is The Five Love Languages Quiz, that helps you discover how you and your spouse speak and understand love spoken to each other.
If you haven’t taken this quiz, we would encourage you to start there. However, as an aside, be warned: There is danger in holding too tightly to your love language, and it isn’t biblical to do so.
For instance, the Bible doesn’t say to “Love your neighbor as yourself,” but only if they love you according to your love language. No!
The Bible is very clear that we are to lay down our lives, as Christ has layed down His life for us. We are not to consider our own interests, but should consider the interests of others as more important than our own, which includes our spouse.
That said, I believe there is a way to measure how we’re doing in the romance department to discover our RQ, so to speak.
It comes from the friends with whom we relate, it comes from the couples we know at church, it comes from the marriage bloggers we follow who share their own experiences, and it comes from asking older couples we respect how they cultivated romance through the changing seasons of marriage.
I recently asked an older friend how they managed to keep their romance alive, and her answer was simple, yet profound:
She said, “My husband isn’t the same man I married 60 years ago; he’s changed. And honey, I’m not the same woman he married either. We’ve both changed, and we’ve both had to learn to fall in love with who we are today. We’ve managed to fall in love with the same person over and over, season after season, and it’s been very good. That’s the secret to lasting love.”
Wow. I love that! And it makes me look at the struggles we’re facing today, in this season of marriage, a bit differently.
Maybe what’s needed is a touch of romance to woo my husband again, like I did when we were first married?
Maybe it’s him taking the time to sweep me off my feet, like he did when we first met?
Maybe it takes us both leaning into the marriage and instead of pulling away?
Our Romance Quotient is determined by how you measure up to others in similar circumstances. But RQ also determines those who are genius compared to the standard.
May we learn year after to year how to ramp up our RQ for the good of our marriage and for God’s glory. That’s what lasting marriages are made of, and it’s worth pursuing.
Based on what you’re doing today to romance your spouse, what do you think your RQ would be? Take some time and talk about it on your next date night. This might be the beginning of something good–real good!
Tom and Debi Walter have been cultivating their romantic vineyard for most of their 36 years of marriage. It has been their conviction from the start. Now they are passionate about helping other couples discover the rich harvest of romance available to them no matter the current season. Through their marriage blog, The Romantic Vineyard established in 2008, they provide regular posts about growing your marriage for God's glory.