Aug. 15, 2016

The wife of your youth...

“Let your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice with the wife of your youth.”  Proverbs 5:18

I went to a funeral today and it made me sad. I typically do not get sad at funerals if they are the celebration of life for someone who has accepted Christ as Savior and is promised an eternity in peace. This sweet lady was definitely a Christian; not just in word but also in deed.

The thing that saddened me at this funeral is it brought to mind how things will be when one of my parents lose the other and when Tommy and I are forced to separate.

There is something about staying married to the spouse of your youth that is both rewarding and precious. My parents married when my mother was fifteen years old. They remain married today.  I met Tommy when I was fourteen years old. We began dating the summer between our Junior and Senior years in high school. We married when he was 19 and I was still 18. It’s lasted; not because everything is perfect or we felt totally in love every minute of every day. We’ve stayed married because God told us to stay married. He promised we would reap great rewards for remaining loyal to one another and to Him. He keeps His promises when we do our part.

Our willingness to commit, stand behind our commitment, and seek ways to fall more deeply in love every day has been worth each and every minute. We did not suddenly become this awesome, happy couple. It took work on both of our parts. It took stamina. It took the love of God for each of us to point out His love in both of us.

I’m sad that more people are not getting married and staying married. It is so worth it. I am sad that divorce has turned into a first choice in many cases instead of a last resort. I’m not condemning anyone for getting a divorce. I am simply encouraging us to choose wisely, make the commitment, and remain committed until death us do part.

I am happy with the mate of my youth because we’ve chosen to build a happy life together. God is good to us. We do not take that for granted. We are committed to Him and He knows it. It’s all good. So good and so worth it.