I have this vision of what marriage should be.
I went into my own marriage with this very vision.
Unfortunately, I didn't take into account that two sinners were entering into an eternal union, therefore things probably wouldn't turn out exactly as I thought they would.
That's not to say there aren't joys in marriage.
There certainly are.
But we have to work for them.
We have to wake up each and every morning and make a choice.
A choice to love.
A choice to be selfless.
A choice to keep our sarcasm to ourselves.
A choice to squash the need to always be right.
A choice to not worry about the little things.
I often feel I fail miserably at making these choices...
inevitably choosing wrong everytime.
I started reading a book last night that said something astounding...
a rogue idea really.
An epic sort of statement considering the world we live in.
"If you want to be free to serve Jesus, there's no question- stay single. Marriage takes a lot of time. But if you want to become more like Jesus, I can't imagine any better thing to do than to get married. Being married forces you to face some character issues you'd never have to face otherwise."
~Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make us Holy more than Happy
By Gary Thomas
A little scary.
But so hopeful.
Won't you be motivated today in striving to be more like Jesus? Not just in your marriage, but in all that you do? It's a challenge, now doubt, but what in this life isn't?
At least we can know we have a good and graceful Savior walking with us every step of the way. Guiding us in how to live and love, just like Him.
(I'm sharing this as part of Motivate Me Monday over at Fifth Street Palace. Check it out!)