Happy 2012! One of the first blog articles I read this year concern turning a new year resolution into 10,000 “little resolutions” by Paul David Tripp. What he means is that we will have 10,000 little moments throughout the year to make a choice to act in faith or not, to act in obedience or not, etc. It’s a good read, so please read it.
It also reminds me of the book “What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage” that Tripp wrote on marriage. In the book he kept emphasizing the concept that marriage is not to be worked out in the big decisions/moments in life, but in every day decisions to love and honor your spouse with God’s love. So I want to dedicate my first blog entry in 2012 to my wife Wendy because I wish to love her with 10,000 little moments in 2012.
It also reminds me of something I’ve been wanting to write about. I call it the the “seasons of a Christian marriage” that we might journey through our lives, from immaturity to maturity. Here are the seasons:
I have a lot of love to give, and I’m looking for Mr./Mrs. Right
I love you because you accept me just the way I am, and I accept you just the way you are
You need help to change into a better person, and I will help you to make those changes
We are not perfect, and we both need to change to become better people in order to improve this marriage
I’ve tried very hard but I found that I cannot change you
I cannot change you, only God can change you
I cannot change you, I can only change myself
I have accepted that on this side of heaven, we will remain sinners however hard we try to change
The biggest sinner in this marriage is me
God loves you more than I can love you, and it’s only by God’s grace and power that He will use me as an instrument of His grace toward you in our life together