Together, live every day purposefully. In the culture we live in it is so easy to get wrapped in the mundane everyday “stuff,” going through the motions and feeling quite lifeless. Living in a society where materials things are seen as joy-givers (it never lasts) or just doing things in general to make you happy and make you comfortable makes ignoring Jesus’s mission pretty easy. So many hopes of enjoying this life rather than living for what lasts, God’s eternal kingdom. How do we live a purposeful life together in marriage? This week I got to read a really insightful article written by pastor Francis Chan. He wrote on marriage based totally on the truths given to us through the Bible and the experiences of his own marriage with his wife Lisa. This here particularly stuck out:
“Real life is found in the battle. Right now, we have many brothers and sisters being tortured overseas because of their faith. Let’s pray for them and be encouraged by their example to enter the fight.
Being in war together may be what keeps us from being at war with each other. Rather than neglecting the battle to work on your marriage, maybe the best thing for your marriage is to enter the battlefield together.”
Here is the link where you can read the article in full.
That’s how we keep the spark in our marriages.
Jesus is the spark. He is what keeps that fire lit in our marriages. The spark stays by keeping him at the center and going and doing whatever it is he calls us to do, by being mission focused, together. By praying and asking yourself and one another, “what is your passion?” Then seeking out ways you can utilize your passions to serve in the community you live in and/or around the world.
Every day I continue to learn (lots of times the hard and not so much fun ways) that in marriage, without undivided attention to the Lord, we become self-centered and unpurposeful in fulfilling our purpose. The purpose of marriage is not to live happily and comfortably together, rather it is to be used to help us in increasing our devotion to the Lord. To better mirror God’s image.