There are lots and lots of books you can read to help you discover your purpose in life and look at it from a number of different angles: purpose in your career, in your relationship with God or in something else. Pastor Rick Warren helps people discover and live a “purpose driven life.” With all the resources available, I think the bottom line is that each of us really wants our life to count. We want to make a difference, whether in our family or in the world. As Christians we believe God put us here for a reason and we want to know what that purpose is so we may begin the process of fulfilling it.
If we believe God has a purpose for each of our lives, can we take that a step further and say that God has a purpose for each of our marriages? What if we borrowed that idea from Rick Warren and said that each couple God has put together can have a purpose driven marriage? Think about it. What would that mean to you and your spouse? If the most important relationship in this life is our relationship with Christ and the number two relationship in this life is with our spouse don’t you think God might have a purpose for your marriage?
I don’t have all the answers to this one. It is a fairly new thought in my mind but one that intrigues me. Actually, I would like your input as we pursue the idea of a “purpose driven marriage.” As I look at our marriage, I see that it has served many purposes over the years. Some of them benefited us: companions, friends, lovers, confidants, partners, supporters.. Some benefited others: First our children, as we joined together with purpose to raise them in the way we believed God wanted us too. Then God has brought couples into our lives that we mentor. This is always humbling and Nancy and I feel we get much more than we give, but God has given us incredible opportunities to pour into others’ marriages. I also believe God has a purpose for us today as we share with others what we see as His plan for marriage.
I hope by now some thoughts are running through your mind. Think about these questions. What is the purpose of your marriage today? What has been the purpose in the past? What might it be in the future? As Christian couples, I believe we have a purpose and if we do then one of the greatest gifts in marriage would be discovering it together and then with God’s help living it out.
As we enter 2020, let God guide you as you design your purpose driven marriage!
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