With all the royal wedding hype, I can’t help but get swept away in the romance of it all. I, like most women, love to gush at romantic comedies and cry at weddings.
But there is one thing that always irks me about Hollywood’s portrayal of a “fairy tale” romance. It always ends when the couple either (a) gets together or (b) gets married.
Why is it that the “happily ever after” is assumed from there??? That’s when the real story truly begins. Going through the joys and trials of this life next to your very best friend is one of the greatest blessings God can grant us!
But it is tough sometimes. Not because the person we love so much can sometimes drive us crazy (not that I’m speaking from experience or anything), but because we are selfish to the core. To care for the needs and wants of someone else ahead of ourselves is an act of worship. And quite frankly, one that I stink at most of the time.
I believe God designed marriage for that exact purpose–to stretch ourselves. Because when we are able to put ourselves last (or second, at least), we are refusing to let that part of our sinful nature “win.” And when we refuse to let one part of our sinful nature “win”, it’s so much easier to keep-on-keepin’-on!
“Love” is a term too often thrown around in our society. No, I don’t really “love” my Sonic Dr. Pepper’s. True love is something that can only come from God…because it requires us to deny ourselves and look first to the needs of someone else. That’s the true meaning of love. And who better exemplifies this than Christ.
This is the scripture that was read at our wedding:
As I have told my siblings before they have married, marriage won’t work unless both people are striving to grow closer to God. In and of ourselves, we are simply not capable of loving someone else (not with the self-sacrificial love marriage requires). That love MUST come from God. He is the only source for true and lasting love!