I like to think that it is common knowledge that most of the Christian world is big into marriage and family. Some may say the institution itself has received increasing flack in recent years, and that the statistics on divorce rates in the U.S. (or the world for that matter) don’t look all that great. The divorce rate for celebrities is, of course, higher than with us regular folk and I have often wondered why they even bother. Most of their relationships crumble under the distance factor alone…..yet they continue to marry and divorce multiple times.
I think despite the worlds “I’m going to do whatever I want” mentality, God has created and hardwired us to want solid, long-term, binding, monogamous relationships and to raise children in that stable, loving environment. Why? Because He wants us (and our children) to be happy. He knows that doing whatever we want whenever we want, doesn’t produce happiness. We know it too. He gave us the commandment in that well-known scripture in John Chapter 13 to “love one another as I have loved you”. He knows that building a strong happy marriage and family requires constant self-sacrifice and service and that those whom we regularly serve, we love (a WHOLE lot). If we can experience that kind of never-giving-up-on-you-no-matter-what love, then maybe we can feel a tiny fraction of the love He has for us. If we remember just that fraction of how much He loves us, then maybe we won’t forget Him and lose our way here amongst all the messages of self-focus that swirl relentlessly around us.
Hard as it is to imagine, the amount of love I feel for any one of my main little circle, pales in comparison to the amount He has for them……and me……..and you…..and we can draw on that love anytime no matter what our families look like. He hopes we will!