The Idea of Marriage


Long Walks Along a Deserted Beach

Most couples before they get married like the idea of marriage. They like the idea of living life together, long walks along a deserted beach, and snuggling at the end of a long day in front of a cozy fireplace.

But once the reality of marriage sets in, the idea of marriage takes on a new meaning. Living life together as two sinners struggling to coordinate schedules, children, meals, and personalities shatters the original idea of marriage.

The Perfect Christian Life

We like the idea of the Christian life with peace with God and each other. We love the idea of fellowship with God and walking in faith throughout the day. We like the idea of church where, so unlike the world, there are no power moves, backstabbing, or gossip. The perfect world of Christian living is a wonderful idea but the reality is usually so much different.

Jesus Gives Us Hope

Jesus gives us hope that the idea and reality can get closer than we thought possible. The secret lies in the soil that receives the seed, the Word of God.

And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest. (Luke 8:15 NLT)

Do you want your reality to be closer to your idea of marriage? Jesus gives three ways to close the gap.

  1. Prepare your heart with a deep, teachable, and honest humility.
  2. Cling to the Word like your life depended on it because it does.
  3. Be patient because it takes a lifetime for the idea to match the reality.

The idea of marriage is good but the reality can be better.

Blessings, René and Gloria

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