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September 19, 2012
Just You Wait
No wonder young Christians aren’t getting married! For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.
“Just you wait!” I can’t tell you how many times I heard older Christians say this to my wife and I, as well as other young couples. “You’re in love now, but your time will come. The honeymoon doesn’t last forever.”
As Sharon Miller writes at Christianity Today, she and her husband went into marriage dreading their future because of this so-called “advice.”
“Any day now,” she recalls thinking. The misery is coming.
But for the Millers and so far for Sarah and I, it never did. More wonderful years pass, and still older couples keep prophesying doom and gloom.
Maybe we drop the “just you wait” bomb not because we’re trying to strengthen young marriages, suggests Miller, but because we’re trying to “normalize our own hardships.”
It’s good to set realistic expectations about marriage. It’s work…but its’ also one of life’s greatest joys, if we do it God’s way.
Instead of “just you wait,” how about the Bible’s advice: “May your fountain be blessed. May you rejoice always in the wife of your youth.” For ThePointRadio.org, I’m John Stonestreet.
The 'Just You Wait' Mantra: Is Marriage Really That Hard?
Sharon Hodde Miller | Her.Meneutics at Christianity Today | August 17, 2012