“For your marriage to become what God intended it to be, you must make a commitment to put God at the center of your relationship.”
I want to share this post I just read. It’s refreshing to see young men who see marriage through God’s eyes. I pray for endurance and enjoyment in their union. Read and enjoy!
In 130 days I’m getting married, and a friend recently asked me why I love my fiancé. I wanted to share a deeper perspective on Amanda and I’s relationship, so before I answered why I love her, I had to first explain to him the reasons I don’t love my future bride to be.
I came to two conclusions:
First is, I don’t love Amanda for what’s on the outside. I know. It sounds cheesy, it sounds sappy. This perspective is not a novel idea by any means. How many times have you heard someone say, “I don’t love you for what’s on the outside. I love you for what’s on the inside.” But that brings me to my second conclusion.
I don’t love Amanda for what’s on the inside either.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are many things on the inside and outside that I love about
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“Be confident in what God has given you because He was confident when He gave it to you.”
-Brandon “B-Luv” Johnson
This Sunday that just passed, on the way to church, I was listening to the audio bible. I was going through the book of Exodus when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. I reached the point when the Lord gave Moses the Law and then He began to describe the tabernacle and how it should be built. He described it as I listened……and listened….and listened…and listened some more.
Now, let me inform you about my trip to church. I live in North Jersey and I go to church in Willingboro which is about an hour and some change away. (We will discuss that another time.) For about 30 minutes, I am listening as God describes to Moses exactly how He wants the tabernacle built. He’s telling him to not just use wood but a specific type of wood. He describes the exact color of threads He wants used. He describes the ark and how he wants two angels on it facing each other at a certain point. He goes in!!
It hit me. God is VERY big on detail. You can tell He does everything with precision. He sounds like a master chef describing to His apprentice the recipe for a dish and how to make it and is making sure it comes out right because He knows the apprentice’s work will reflect His. A few years ago, maybe even a year ago, I would probably grow restless and fast forward to a narrative part of the bible but I sat and listened and began to praise God. I’ll tell you why.
Anyone who’s ever played a game like NBA 2K or Madden or many sports and character games, there is sometimes an option to create your own player. You can choose things like height, weight, build, skin color, attributes from shooting style to dunking skills to speed, and many more. As games progressed, there is now an abundant amount of characteristics to choose from for your character. Now, usually to alleviate the time that this process asks for, most of these games give an option to “randomize your character” where the game randomly sets up attributes for your character and you take it as is. This, of course, saves time but what usually happens is that once you put the player to action, you begin to see things you would’ve done better or things you would’ve changed had you done it yourself. You then either delete and start over or just suck it up and go with the flow. After those chapters in Exodus, I know for a fact that God is not the randomizing type. When He creates, He personally puts His heart into every single detail.
This brings me to us. When God created you, He didn’t just fumble together random characteristics and throw you out into the world. You aren’t a product of chance but a creation formed by God’s own hands. Before you were in your mother’s wombs, He knew you (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:13). What does that mean? He never looks at you as you grow and says “Man! I should’ve done this better”. He is happy and content with all you are in Him. He personally is involved with every attribute of you, everything that makes up your physical, emotional, and spiritual self. He made you and called you good. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. If God puts so much emphasis on a structure like the tabernacle, how much more does He put emphasis and energy into making those who are made in His image?
So next time you begin to be insecure, remember that what you are doubting, God made. God is happy with who He’s made you so you should be too. He is the great artist and knows what He’s done. If you don’t feel the same, don’t say you’re useless but go to your Creator to find out your use. If you feel like you’re a nobody, go to your Maker and find your identity. You’re tailor made and God has no regrets.
So this weekend I had the privilege of turning 25! Quarter of a century! It’s crazy how quickly years go by. Feels like it was yesterday I threw a concert for my 21st.
But this birthday I was in deep thought. It started a couple weeks ago while editing a post by my friend Brandon (B-Luv) entitled “25”*. In it, he wrote about how he was in deep thought evaluating his life up until his 25th birthday and came out with acknowledging that while he was happy with what he did accomplish, he knew he could do more and would strive to do that.
People have commended me on what I’ve achieved yet I look in the mirror and say there’s much more I haven’t unlocked. The Lord has proved time and time again what He can do with me yet I have chosen comfort over ambition. People’s smiles and thumbs up have given me a false feeling of accomplishment but there was much more I could’ve done.
Things have changed. I have chosen to no longer allow fear or comfort to keep me from achieving all God created me to achieve. I will strive to excel in preaching, excel in my private walk, excel in my relationships, excel in writing and so much more.
I chose to start with this blog. I’ve started a few and stopped short but this time I’m aiming to go all the way. So welcome! If you’re reading this right now, thank you and welcome to OnePurpose’s blog site. I’m preparing to begin to post regularly so stay tuned. I’m looking into not only doing devotionals but also current events, spotlight on people and events, reviews and MUCH more! I’m excited to get this ball rolling and grateful you’ve decided to tune in. Keep looking for more. Share it. Comment. This is just the beginning!
*To read the original “25” blog by B-Luv: http://iambluv.com/25/