Oops! I forgot today is Friday. How could I do that? I mean Friday is a great day. It’s the end of the week. I can lay down my burdens, enjoy my family hang out with friends, and even do some of the things I want to do. I can sleep late. I can go shopping. I can ignore chores, go to the movies, and grab something to eat. Isn’t it just great that I can do whatever I want?
Me, me, me, me! I was raised in the me generation. Have it your way at McDonald’s or was that Burger King, I can’t remember. But, I learned to have it my way anyway. I know what I want and how much I need. Bow down and give it all to me. Look, it is always me first, second, and third. I want, I need, I have, and I get. It’s all about me. Yay, me as my friend London Tipton says. Ok, if you know who she is you watch way too much Disney Channel, like me!
Oh boy, I can hear Him now. My child, it is not about you, it is always about ME! Oh no, that was the big ME not the little me. That was God the Father calling out my name. That was Jesus Christ, His son calling out my name. That was the Holy Spirit calling out my name. They have reminded me, again, that it’s not about me.
God designed us to worship and honor Him as we walk in this Christian life. Every moment of every day, everything we do is in honor of our Creator. And, throughout our walk, we are bound to come across other folks. These other folks are supposed to experience more of God through us. He does not want us to be isolated and alone. He wants us to have companions to walk beside us. And, He made the perfect institution for that very thing – marriage.
One of the reasons God created marriage is so that we can mutually complete one another. In Genesis 2:18, “…the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” God never intended for any of us to be alone. In the very beginning (it’s in Genesis – the beginning), He made sure that we did not have to walk through the deserts, valleys, hilltops, plateaus, and mountains alone. He wanted someone who would be truly apart of us. Just after this miraculous event of forming another human, God did another miracle; He performed the first marriage ceremony. He made married peoples y’all.
Yes, good ‘ole marriage. Marriage is designed to address those alone-ness needs. Those needs when you just want someone to talk over things. Those needs when you need someone to hold you when the world has tried to defeat you. Those needs when you want someone to laugh at your stupid jokes. Those needs when you want to feel real good, I mean real good (catch my drift)! God in His awesomeness knew that self-centeredness would destroy us by hurting us deeply and messing up our walk with Him. God saved us from ourselves. When we are one with someone else, true human oneness can only happen in marriage, we will experience true companionship.
That is the beauty of marriage – to know that whatever you do someone has your back. In fact, that person will not just stand back and let you fight but they will jump into the ring for you and beat the person up. When you come home at night, they are waiting for you to get home. The person sleeping next to you wants you to snuggle under them. God knew it – He knows it! We need others to be human – to express our humanity. God says in I Corinthians 11:11, “Nevertheless neither is the man independent of the woman, neither the woman independent of the man, in the Lord.” And, so, God designed the perfect person for you to fulfill your interdependent need – your spouse!
Now, that I remember it is Friday. I am so very glad because it’s the beginning of the weekend. Now, I can stop being everything to everybody (i.e., my boss, my co-workers, the man who pumped my gas). In peace, I can really look across the room and stare at the beautiful and handsome man that is there. And, guess what, that beautiful and handsome man is mine y’all. And, for all that I can say is THANK GOD ITS FRIDAY!
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