Today I celebrate one year of “wedded bliss,” as Carl calls it. Smile. Everyone told me the time would fly by and it has. I am so blessed to have this man in my life. This weekend I finally printed off pictures from our wedding and put them around the house. It has been a fun weekend looking back to all that God has done over the past 365 days. Anniversary’s are a good time to remind our spouses how much we love them and why. If you haven’t been direct in telling your spouse what you appreciate about him or what you love about him, take time to do that today.
Even if you aren’t married, you can still participate in today’s activity. I was single for 30 years, so I am sensitive to blogs, books and sermons that only address the married adult crowd and ignore the truth that more and more adults are single adults.
First, I’d like to say straight up: DON’T SETTLE! Please understand, I was the oddball out in my family. My sister got married at 21 and my brother at 22. They are celebrating 10 and 15 year anniversaries while I am celebrating my first. So I know what it is like to attend family functions, weddings, Christmas parties, etc. without a spouse. But in these moments I understood though that I would much rather have a few awkward moments as a single person, than be married to the wrong person for life. Also, when you are single, you have an opportunity to be single-minded for Christ in a way that you never will again. Marriage is great, but being on the other side, I know that being single is just as great. Please don’t look at marriage as a goal in life that must be achieved to establish some sort of societal status. Marriage is simply a different road than where you are, but it is NOT a better road. The single road and the marriage road both have bumps and potholes and fast turns and super fun hills. Neither is better than the other. So today, for all you singletons, reflect on all the great things you can do because you are single.
And for both my single friends and my married friends, take time today to tell God what you love about Him! He is the only love of our lives that will never disappoint us, so take time today to thank Him for the love He has given you.
1 Listen, O heavens, and I will speak;
hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
2 Let my teaching fall like rain
and my words descend like dew,
like showers on new grass,
like abundant rain on tender plants.
3 I will proclaim the name of the LORD.
Oh, praise the greatness of our God!
4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect,
and all his ways are just.
A faithful God who does no wrong,
upright and just is he.