One of the 4 big pillars I have found in life revolves around marriage and the family. I want to take a moment to talk specifically about marriage. In my coming book “4 Pillars to Coming Alive”, I talk in much greater detail about this and each of the 4 pillars. Here at 4 Pillar Living, I will talk about different segments as we go forward and even give some teasers as to what my new book will entail.
Marriage is a union that in many ways has seem to have lost a sense of importance today. For many, life becomes so hectic and busy with work, kids activities, and a multitude of other things that many couples forget to take the time to just focus on one another. I want to write for a bit today about this sacred unity that many of us are blessed to be able to take part in. If you have not yet, this will also apply if you happen to venture down this road. Now, I am not the world’s foremost expert by any stretch, but what I do have is a lot of conviction and life experience in this area. My bride and I have been married for 15, going on 16 years. We were married very young, but did that intentionally and knew we wanted to grow together and for the rest of our lives. We have been on quite a journey and I have learned a lot about what it takes to make a marriage work and how a marriage that is healthy, helps you come alive.
What is so vital in any marriage, I don’t care who you are, is a focus of unconditional love. Too many times these days, couples make it easy for the distractions of life, to influence their mind to where their love for their spouse starts to come with conditions. This could be in disagreements or struggles with bills and finances or any of a number of other things. I have seen marriage struggles around me over the years. Many times it falls down to the same kind of thing conditions were not met which destroyed the fabric of their union.
Our love for one another is not meant to have conditions around it. It is meant to be a reflection of the unconditional love that God has shown us even when we are not worthy of it. No matter how much we fall, because Christ came and died for us and was risen to life again, He is always their to take us back. This is the ultimate showing of unconditional love. Our marriages with that one person that we are meant to cleave to for life is to be a reflection of that love. Love endures all and choosing to love unconditionally just has God did for us will go a long way for your own marriage.
Now for some, I may be preaching to the choir, and for others, you may think what is all this love stuff. This is the very fabric of who we are though. If you have any struggles there that try to rip at your marriage, you should vow to stay strong and together with your spouse you can get through it all. Don’t turn to blaming one or the other for their faults. Instead resolve to get through any situation together. Remember, now that you are married, you are no longer two. You are one. A union that is never to be broken. Resolve with your spouse to build an everlasting covenant together. One that is built on unconditional love. Doing so will enable you to get through any challenge in life together.
More to come on this in the future…