Tomorrow, July 13, 2014, marks the 29th year that I’ve been married to an awesome woman! And I just have to tell you – I’m having more fun being married to her now than any time since that hot, muggy July afternoon in 1985 when it all started! She had already said “Yes” about a year before that day; she said “I do” on that day; & she’s still saying those things today. Man! I am SO blessed!
In a day & age when the whole definition of marriage is getting jacked up by a bunch of folks who think they’re smarter than God, the Church needs to stand up & stand strong, letting the whole world know that marriage done GOD’S way is awesome! It’s not always easy, not always glamorous, & not always popular. But IT IS AWESOME! Not only is it awesome, but it is just plain-old FUN! Vicki & I have laughed together SO many times over the last 29 years. I love hearing her laugh, seeing her laugh, & making her laugh. Whether it’s when just the two of us are together, giggling as we reminisce over our lives; or when we’re watching “Sandlot” or “Elf” with our kids for the 97th time; or when we’re sharing a big Christmas meal with our extended family; or when we’re vacationing with friends – laughter has been a hallmark of our matrimonial bliss.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not advocating a shallow, “stick your head in the sand” kind of relationship that either avoids or ignores the tough things that life throws at you in your marriage. We’ve certainly had plenty of times when the heaviness of life, the heartache of sin, & the hardship of pain have invaded our lives. In fact, those things are making their presence known even now in some very real ways. We’ve been around long enough & know the Bible well enough to know that life in this fallen world can really stink sometimes!
But what I AM advocating is that husbands & wives work hard at keeping the joy – the FUN! – alive in their marriage relationship. Proverbs 5:18 says, “May your fountain be blessed, & may you rejoice in the wife of your youth” (NLT). The Hebrew word for “rejoice” means “to be merry” or “to give happiness.” Work hard at being merry in your marriage (“merry” means “laughingly happy” according to dictionary.com)! Don’t let the fun die! Don’t let the laughter subside! Don’t let the joy diminish! Just have fun! It will bring a deeper measure of strength to your marriage, & will help you make it through the times when laughter, even a chuckle, is hard to come by. Remember: “The joy of the LORD is your strength!” (Nehemiah 8:10) When HE is the center of your live together, HIS joy will permeate your lives, bolstering & sustaining you until you can find your laughter again! Thank you, Lord!
So, to my awesome “wife of my youth” (I turned 21 about 3 weeks before we got married!), I say, “THANKS!” I can’t believe that God has allowed me to have this much fun for the last 29 years, & I wouldn’t have wanted to have this much fun with anyone else but you! I love you & you alone!
Now…Let’s go have some more fun!