"In choosing marriage you have chosen an assignment at the frontlines in this
epic battle for the human heart. You will face hardship, you will face suffering,
you will face opposition and you will face a lie. The scariest thing a woman ever
offers is to believe that she is worth pursuing, to open her heart up to pursuit,
to continue to open up her heart and offer the beauty she holds inside, all the
while fearing it will not be enough. The scariest thing a man ever chooses is to
offer his strength without knowing how things will turn out. To take the risk
of playing the man before the outcome is decided. To offer his heart of strength
while fearing it will not be enough.
A lie is going to come to both of you, starting very soon, in subtle and not so
subtle ways. It can't be done. It's too hard. We had unrealistic expectations.
It isn't worth it. The lie to you, Megan, will be 'You are nothing more than a
disappointment.' The lie to you Daniel, will be 'You are not man enough for this.'
And so, I have two words for you today. Words that I want you to keep close in your
hearts as you forward: You are. Megan, you are radiant, you are. Daniel, you are a
man, you are strong, and you are valiant. You have what it takes. Hold this close
to you hearts. It can be done. And it is worth it (pgs. 5&6)."
Stasi comments that these words are lost on the new couple because they are filled with the excitement of the day and the newness of love. The words, however, were more for the audience, those who had entered marriage and are living it out. I don't know where you are in your marriage but hopefully some of these words in those two paragraphs have sparked a desire within you to continue pursuing the beauty and worth of marriage. Proverbs 29:18 says,
"Without a vision the people perish."
In America today, we see marriages perishing all over and the church is no exception. Even if divorce doesn't take place there are many marriages that are just two people living together yet remaining strangers. I am excited about reading this book because I know that John is an artist of drawing a picture of God's heart for His people and in this case marriage. In this new year may you embrace a renewed vision for your marriage and go after that which God intended and not settle for second best.
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