But I won't lie and say that it's easy. Marriage is work, and on the other side of the dream wedding and the fairy tale honeymoon is real life, complete with bills, problems, and curve balls. I'll even admit that I think our marriage takes more work than most. Though we love each other whole heartedly, we tend to see things differently. We react to things differently. We clash in many ways. But that's the beauty of two different people joined together for life. I believe that being joined to someone different from me is making me a better person. It continually teaches me to accept others who are different. It teaches me that I (and my viewpoint) am not the center of the universe. It teaches me patience. And it teaches me to give.
God, in His creativity and sovereignty, created marriage to reflect the perfect union between Christ and the church. The two cannot be separated. The church is so far from perfect, much like us as imperfect spouses. But Christ doesn't leave us. He always forgives and never abandons. If we in our marriages can live by that standard -- always forgive, never abandon -- then our marriages will truly reflect to the world the picture God intended to portray.
I hope you'll commit to that standard, too.
Photo credits: Matt Terry Photography