Today, we are heading out for an overnight getaway to celebrate our 1st Wedding Anniversary! (It’s not till August 11th, but we will celebrate before campus life absorbs our every waking minute!)
As I have been thinking back over the past 365 days of my life, I have become nostalgic about loving Joel more than ever. I have also been sobered by realizing that marriage is the most challenging undertaking I’ve ever known. Strike that, being married and being in ministry together is the most challenging, yet most rewarding undertaking I’ve ever known.
We are best friends, co-workers, each other’s biggest fans, co-workers, each other’s biggest critics, roommates, co-workers, playmates and servants. We have seen the thrill of people trusting Christ and the tearful heartache of being staunchly on the opposite sides of an issue and not knowing how to resolve things.
So, with marriage on my mind I wanted to share some of my favorite thought provoking quotes on marriage…
Husbands, love your wives enough to die for them, Wives, love your husbands enough to live for them.
Marriage is the perfect channel for the outpouring of God’s grace into One’s own life.
What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy? Any situation that calls me to confront selfishness has enormous spiritual value. I slowly began to understand that the real purpose of marriage may not be happiness as much as it is holiness.
Love is an earthquake that relocates the center of your universe.
If I am married only for happiness and my happiness wanes for whatever reason, one little spark will burn the entire forest of my relationship. But if my aim is to proclaim and model God’s ministry of reconciliation, my endurance will be fireproof.
By all means marry. If you get a good wife you’ll become happy, if you get a bad one you’ll become a philosopher.
Behind virtually every case of marital dissatisfaction lies unrepented sin. Couples don’t fall out of love so much as they fall out of repentance. Sin, wrong attitudes, and personal failures that are not dealt with slowly erode the relationship, assaulting and eventually erasing the once lofty promises made in the throes of an earlier (and less polluted) passion. Use this revelation of your sin as a means to grow in the foundational Christian virtue of humility, leading you to confession and renouncement.
Marriage is a long conversation, therefore, marry a friend.
(Unattributed quotes taken from Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas)