Monday, April 19, 2010

Sacred Marriage...

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!)

Blessings friends,


Kate said...

I think that people can have a great marriage based on the vales of love and forgiveness. I have found Gina Lakes book, Loving in The Moment to be a great guide for letting go and loving more.

The Fifth Street Mama said...

I just finished the Sacred Marriage. it took some double wrapping to get my head around somethings as it is written from a mans prospective. Very interesting and some valuable concepts.
Thanks for linking up!

Lisa said...

I couldn't agree more. It is the choice we must make everyday. Great post.:)

Holly said...

Too many people think it is easy to be married that once you are done finding the is all perfect. We work on our marriage every day...some days are good some days are so-so, but we stick with it.

You always make me think (and that is good).

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