Marriage doesn’t happen by accident, and it isn’t sustained by pure chance. It takes work.
You can’t just fill in a random verb or adjective, or hope that random actions will lead to a strong marriage. You have to be intentional about getting to know your spouse. Learning what their needs and wants are. Learning how to best serve them to the glory of God.
Marriage is built on the daily grind of intentional love.
Intentional patience. Intentional trust. Intentional humility. Intentional prayer. Intentional service. Intentional sacrifice. And above all, intentional hope in Christ’s work on the cross.
Marriage needs to be taken seriously. That doesn’t mean that marriage isn’t full of joy and laughter, but it isn’t something that needs to be taken lightly or discarded when it’s not fun anymore.
God gave you your spouse for your sanctification, not for your satisfaction. Struggling through tough times with your spouse will chip off the rough edges of your own sinfulness, and mold you into a better servant of Christ.
Unlike Mad Libs, which is funny once and then discarded, the marriage relationship needs to be constantly built up.
You and your spouse learn from past successes and failures. You apply what you learn about yourselves, about each other, and about God to each new day together.
You learn how to better respect your husband, you learn how to better love your wife. And in the process you learn how to give glory to God in every circumstance.