There is this middle-aged couple I really like that I talk to at work. They first visited Caribou and now I see them frequently at Starbucks. The are so cute together. He brings her lunch and eats with her on her break. I saw her leaving (she also works at Target) with a bouquet. I asked how long they’ve been together (you know, expecting something like ’25 years!’) she said less than two.
That isn’t the first time I’ve asked (yes, I’m nosey, ok?!) a lovey-dovey, middle-aged couple how long they’ve been together, hoping that they are still that in love after decades- and been disappointed. No, there isn’t anything wrong with a 2nd chance at love. I’m happy for those couples, I am. But we all know there is something so special about a couple that has been faithful over the course of decades and is still deeply in love.
I remember praying and seeking a couple years ago and the one word I got from God, over and over again, was just to be faithful. I wanted a ministry. I wanted to kick down some demonic doors. I wanted the miraculous.
God wants all that too. But do you know what is more important than zeal? Perseverance. What is more important that extraordinary miracles? The every day miracle of being steadfast and faithful- not only to God but to the people he has called us to love. The hearts that have been entrusted to our care.
I think God cares far more about the way we love the people close to us, than anything big and extravagant we could do for him on the public stage.
In a world where the divorce rate is 40-50%, we are called to be faithful. When 1/3 of children are being raised by a single mother, God wants us to invest in our families.
God wants us to do big things. But not to the neglect of the little things. Our most important ministry is to our own family.
In a world where divorce is almost celebrated and affairs are glorified in secular entertainment- let’s stand out as the exception. Let’s be steadfastly faithful.