Today, Keith and I celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary. Gosh, I just can’t believe we’ve been married for 27 years! The time has flown by and yet it seems like we have always been together. It’s hard to imagine life without Keith and the slightest thought of it brings a knot to my throat and tears to my eyes.
Just like so many other couples, our marriage has been filled with lots of ups and downs. It’s been CRAZY at times and downright hair-pulling on occasions. Emotional and thrill seeking all mixed together.
Happy moments and sad times
Wonderful conversations and tense arguments
Laughter and tears
Joy and heartache
Words and silence
Passion and anger
Marriage is wonderful and hard, all at the same time. I guess you could say it’s wonderfully hard.
It takes a lot of work but the rewards far outweigh the sacrifices. Marriage can be a crazy wild ride filled with adventure and excitement. The journey together can be fulfilling or empty. It’s all based on what a husband and wife are willing to pour into the marriage mix to make it work.
1. Patience – May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Romans 15:5
2. Sacrificial Giving – Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over—will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:38
3. Perseverance – You need to persevereso that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36
4. Communication – Don’t say anything that would hurt another person. Instead, speak only what is good so that you can give help wherever it is needed. That way, what you say will help those who hear you. Ephesians 4:29
5. Servant’s heart – Serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13b
6. Commitment – Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm? And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12a
7. Laughter – .A cheerful disposition is good for your health Proverbs 17:22
8. Unity – A man will leave his father and mother and will remain united with his wife, and the two will be one…Therefore, don’t let anyone separate what God has joined together. Matthew 19:5b-6
9. Love – 1 Corinthians 13 (the whole chapter is on love)
10. Christ Centered – May they be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You.May they also be one in Us, so the world may believe You sent Me. John 17:21
All of these keys are important, but if I had to pick just one to represent the greatest of them all, I would have to pick #10 – A marriage that is Christ Centered.
Without Christ, our marriage would have failed before our first anniversary. He is the glue that has held us together for the last 27 years. Without Christ, none of these keys to a crazy-in-love marriage would have been lasting or sustainable. With Him, everything is possible!
It’s Your Turn:
Which one of these keys are most evident in your marriage? Which ones are missing? How can you begin taking steps to build a crazy-in-love marriage that lasts a lifetime?