TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017

Marriage: A Work in Progress

I never cease to be amazed at the countless stories I hear about troubled marriages.  Taking a tally at a recent booksigning, I found that only 1 out of every 30 people approaching my table said something to the effect, “I have a great marriage, and I want to…

I never cease to be amazed at the countless stories I hear about troubled marriages.  Taking a tally at a recent booksigning, I found that only 1 out of every 30 people approaching my table said something to the effect, “I have a great marriage, and I want to keep it that way.”  When these accounts come along, I relish in the sweetness of the essence of commitment. The sparkle in the eyes tells me all I need to know about why their marriage has a depth of history. 

 

What makes it so difficult for people to understand the necessity of maintaining intimacy in marriage? It is not simply the definition of a couple – it is the inscription of their legacy.  The effort involved in shaping a family into a meaningful and enduring unit is an everyday undertaking. At times it is nothing short of drudgery. And occasionally, the seasons of grind seem endless. Staying grounded, standing strong and united, and remembering our purpose as a child of God will find us claiming victory in this battle of matrimony.  Anything we work at every day, whatever we nurture with fervor, the flames we monitor and fuel, and the restocking of affection during and after adversity are sure ingredients for the making of love for a lifetime.  In this culture of permissiveness, we are called to be vigilant caretakers of the prize we possess – our spouse. Our family’s history hinges on our efforts.

 

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