Wednesday, 16 January 2013

A Holy Discontent

But godliness with contentment is great gain.  1 Timothy 6:6

I just finished reading a blog that encouraged us as Christians to be content with what we have. The primary focus of the blog was to encourage us to avoid

 the American Dream Syndrome--the notion that you can have it all, that you deserve it all. The more stuff you have, the better off you are. Desire to acquire. The slogans, like the wish lists, are practically endless.”   

Another part of the American Dream Syndrome is the Cinderella Fantasy, i.e. “some day my prince will come…and they lived happily ever after.”  Unfortunately the prince or princess often fails to meet our expectations and we are anything but content.  So we go in search of another frog that we can kiss and hope that this time the frog will really be transformed into a member of the royal family we so richly deserve.

In my opinion there may be something even more diabolical than being discontent with the person that we have pledged to marry until death do us part or until we become disenchanted.  That would be a couple who has become complacent and satisfied just being roommates.

As regular readers of this blog know my mantra is that the purpose of marriage is to glorify God.  A marriage that resembles a polite cohabitation is not a marriage that glorifies God.  Yet couples are deluded into thinking that because conflict is reduced to a minimum and they “appear” in public to be a loving, devoted couple that all is well.

Why would God be glorified by a sham?  In what way is the husband demonstrating a love for his wife that resembles Christ’s sacrifice for His bride the church?  In what way is the wife respecting her husband with the same type of adoration she demonstrates for her Lord? 

Let’s not set the bar for our marriages so low that our twenty year old cat (Prescott) could easily jump over it – believe me that is low.  Let’s shoot for a marriage that promises great joy (not necessarily happiness), let’s aim for marriages that reflect the love of Christ toward one another and toward those who come to know us.

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