He was highly intelligent, handsome, focused, intense young man in his mid-twenties who, I was certain, would make a great husband. But he was on a different path.
Despite being a serious believer, his life experiences had left a sour taste in his mouth about marriage and he had no intention of subjecting himself to the challenges of married life . . . Why? I wondered.
What could be so impactful that a successful young man would steer clear of a life with someone to love, who would love him deeply, and with whom he would bring into this world children to love and nurture? His answer was clear, decisive, and devastating in its implications:
“If there’s a 5% chance that my marriage would turn out like my parent’s marriage, there is no way I would ever get married.”
His parents claim to be Christians and attend Church regularly. Have you really thought about the massive impact your marriage has on the people whose lives intersect with yours – starting with your kids?
It’s so easy to think that our marriage is about us – about the life we’re living and desire to have. But it is about so much more than us and powerfully impacts the lives of our children (from toddlers to teenagers) and those around us. That impact can destroy or it can build, heal, and encourage.
Today, what will your marriage say to your children? Today, what will your marriage teach those who see it in action at Church, the park, at work, or out for an evening with friends? Will they be moved toward the example you offer or recoil from it?
Your marriage is deeply powerful in the lives of many and that’s what today’s interview with Aaron and Jennifer Smith ( Marriage After God podcast ) is all about. We put them on the spot with some really challenging questions! JIt’s a super encouraging discussion and will encourage you to examine the real impact of your marriage and the path you are on. Aaron and Jennifer’s new book, Marriage After God. We encourage you to get a copy.
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Matt Jacobson is the founder of FaithfulMan.com a biblical marriage, parenting, and discipleship ministry providing written and audio teaching, as well as couples marriage coaching. He is the co-host (with his wife, Lisa) of Faithful Life Podcast and is author of the bestseller, 100 Ways to Love Your Wife. Matt is pastor of Tumalo Bible Fellowship and is married to Lisa, founder of Club31Women.com (they have 8 kids!).