Back to the t-shirt comment.
That is simply unacceptable.
"I love my husband."
- In the world of retail, most shirts like this say things like "I'm a playa - U next" or "Voted most likely to cheat" - and my personal favorite, "If I drink too much feel free to take me home and have you way with me" (okay - maybe that last one isn't the actual text, but you've seen the shirts and know what they say). What if we decided such concepts wouldn't get our money, even if the phrase seemed initially funny?
- In public circles of conversation, we seem to drift toward phrases like, "The old ball and chain" or thoughts like, "She's impossible when she gets like that." What if we took seriously the idea that relationships are a bit more sacred than that?
- In private times of confession and construction, we often judge the other based on his/her imperfect actions while we want to be judged by our perfect intentions. Might there be an alternative way of seeing how the inner workings of a marriage might happen if we
- I won't just "try" to do this... I will "train" to do this.
- I won't give up if I encounter an "impossible" roadblock... I remember that with God all things are possible - including whatever is needed to get through the roadblock - because when Jesus said "all things" were possible there wasn't an asterisk next to the word "all" that said, "except for marriages that struggle."
- I am fully-committed to my wife for the long haul, irregardless of her commitment to me. I will woo her and pursue her, in sickness and in health, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, forsaking all others - even if she never does the same.
- One of the other women who stopped me today said, "I've been married for 40 years... I just love your shirt and want you to know marriage can be a really great thing even after 40 years."
- Last week a guy and his wife saw my wife at a restaurant wearing her shirt. He told his wife, "You should get one of those to wear."
- I also enjoyed the email someone in our church sent me just before the weekend:
"I'm so glad that we are involved in a marriage refresher. Even though I'm divorced, I now realize the importance of marriage to God and have been praying intensely for the marriages in our church. Someone gave me a neat "word from God" about being single that I will share with others too. Still don't know where it came from except that God wanted me to have it!!!"
- Genesis 1:26-29
- Genesis 2:18-25
- Genesis 3:14-19
- 1 Corinthians 7
- Ephesians 5:14-6:4
- Colossians 3:21
- 1 Peter 3:1-6
Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ's love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They're really doing themselves a favor—since they're already "one" in marriage. (Ephesians 5:25-28, MSG)