Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What Are You Building?

"...the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself."
{Hebrews 3:3} 

They say building a house will either make or break your marriage. This statement has both intimidated and challenged us over the past 8 years as we have spent the majority of our marriage building our house. Both processes have taken lots of hard work, love, sweat, and tears to form solid, firm foundations. Those foundations have both been built with Jesus Christ as their Cornerstone. It has taken time and wisdom to learn how to build according to His plan and a whole lot more hard work to turn those plans into reality... to build a strong, sturdy shelter that will withstand the storms of time and outside forces beyond our control.

Sure, we've made our mistakes through these processes... and many costly ones at that. But, that doesn't mean we'll ever stop building. No, we'll hopefully learn from those mistakes and be able to do a better job of building in light of them.

Building is a loud, messy, difficult, and even painful process. We continue building because we look forward to living in what we will have built over time. We've made a decision to go at it again and again until we get it right. We don't want our home to just be a 'livable' one; what we want is a beautiful, healthy, thriving one. If we are going to work hard at something, we want it to be the best it can be; something that will show off Christ's handiwork in us, something to be admired and something that we can be proud of. 

It takes time to build something right... time and lots of hard, messy, even painful work. While it may be difficult, the reward of building something beautiful to live in and pass down over generations is worth the difficulties of the process.

Every day my husband and I have been learning to live out our marriage mission statement by making the Father's "joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind." {Philippians 2:2} . We're definitely not perfect at it, but we're learning. We're committed to seeing this thing through to the end... 'til death do us part.

Building a solid marriage isn't easy, but it's SO worth it... and today we're celebrating what we've built so far!

For Further Thought:

  • What kind of marriage are you building? What kind of home do you want to live in?
  • Are you committed to working hard in your marriage to build something that will withstand and outlast the tests of time? Will your marriage be something that you will be proud of as you leave behind its legacy to your children?
  • When times get tough, do you have a tendency to stop building? Or do you keep moving forward?
  • What have you learned from the mistakes you've made along the way that will help you build better, stronger and smarter next time? 
  • Do you need to seek advice, counsel, or wisdom in how to build a better marriage? Do you have a good plan? A good model?
  • Do you have a mission statement for your marriage?

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