I'd need both hands to count the people I know who've gotten engaged since Friday. I'm just in that season of life where it happens...every single day.
I've had countless conversations with friends who are thrilled and friends who feel like time is running out for them. But all I can think is "I hope they understand".
I hope these couples, and the singles looking on, realize marriage isn't a Band
Aid. It's not a cure for loneliness or a path to financial stability. Marriage isn't some box to check off on the to
do list of life.
Marriage is a ministry.
It's the hardest ministry you'll ever get to serve in. There are no days off. You're on call 24/7. And you aren't allowed to decide your burnt out and need a break 6 months in.
Marriage is work.
It's not give and take. It's give and give some more. It's learning who you really are and then deciding how to turn that ugly truth into something beautiful. It's experiencing a fraction of the effort it takes to love like Christ.
But most importantly marriage is a blessing.
It's an honor to be entrusted with a whole human. For richer or poorer. In sickness and in health. It's humbling to be reminded that the love you're responsible for giving is patient, kind, and not self-seeking. It's not anything like you've read about in the fairy tales of your youth; it's better.
Marriage is a big deal.
I'm super excited for all the couples I know headed down that road! The willingness to lay it all at God's feet is admirable. And for my friend's that aren't there just yet trust that God is preparing you and your future spouse. Shaping you both so that your marriage will be something that honors Him.