There may be some who would wish to dispute this but I am a very firm believer that a family starts when a couple
gets married, not when the kids are born if a couple has kids.
Carol and I were a family as of 1 pm September 30, 1989. Our wedding was at noon.
I say this because I know many of you reading this are newlyweds who are just getting started.
Newlywed or not, please consider hearing what’s on my heart as I write so that you can pass this word onto newlyweds in your life.
From my heart to the newlywed.
You have a family now. Honor that family. Pray for God’s loving protection over that family. Look your spouse in the eyes and know that your family is worth fighting for.
Don’t give your family leftovers. Give your very best to your family. Don’t throw your family away to chase fantasies. Realize that your family is your reality and that God is crazy about you both and you are His family.
Live for Him and die for each other. All day long. Then get up and do it again.
Don’t do it alone. Surround yourself with friends who will run the good race with you and not fill your head with smoke.
Don’t do it in your own strength. Ask God to be your all-powerful provider each day.
Don’t give up. Never give up.
Don’t be the one who gave up on the family. Love your family. Don’t let go.
God is doing something brand new in you. Never let go.
Is there an exception? Yes. Never allow yourself or your loved ones to be abused. Take action if that is happening.
Alright, I think that’s it.
Have a great week!
“The family is born when the betrothed conclude their sacred vows.” -B.K. Raymond (Presbyterian Evangelist)