“They’re splitting up.” A picture-perfect couple. The news sent shock waves.
Nobody—for one nanosecond—thought it would happen.
A romantic storybook flashed through my mind. A fairy-tale slide show portrayed on timelines, rolled through the news feed on social media.
Starry-eyed followers viewed a plethora of images labeled “in a relationship with” and “date night.” To keep the pot boiling, engagement pictures topped any Hallmark movie we’d ever seen.
A Picture-perfect Union
Enduring wedding pictures captured marital bliss—the tagline for each anniversary to come. Would this honeymoon never be over? The attractive couple knew what they wanted. A match made in heaven.
Professional photographers presented the lovebirds in their finest moments. Photo edits and touch-ups assisted in flawless outsides and what onlookers imagined as flawless insides. The picture-perfect union of husband and wife. She’s stunning and he’s Prince-Charming handsome.
Photo album memories continued. Snapshots of dazzling moments. A bouquet of flowers for his lovely bride—no special occasion. “Just because I adore you,” the note on public display. Women everywhere surmised, Guess he’s Prince Charming after all…must be nice for her.
Trips to Paris and tropical resorts. Images captured buff bodies. Young-in-age-and-heart sentiments spilled out on our devices. Appearance of a perfect life sent us to the envy store more times than we’d honestly admit.
Do Picture-perfect Couples Exist?
Reality has a way of shaking us out of a deep slumber of fairy-dust dreams. Picture-perfect couples only exist in photos, not in real life. Not in our world of imperfect people like me and like you.
Picture-perfect couples solely take place on our screens. Behind closed doors there’s often a different story. Oh, there may be happy moments packed full of joy, laughter, and tender moments. Yet, there’s other moments when life turns hard with stress, heartache, pain, illness, and fizzled dreams.
Still, social media causes jealousy to spring from our heart when we compare picture-perfect couples with our own relationships…and lives. Photographs with smiles and edits and filters seem pristine. But…Image-filters enhance our outside, not our inside. Jesus alone filters the heart. #blog #God Click To Tweet
Our spiritual birth and growth in Christ, along with His matchless love, brings our heart closer to the ultimate love affair. It’s with Jesus. A love that spills over into our earthly love relationships and makes them better because God changes us from the inside out.
As we strive to conform to the image of Christ, our relationships look more like God intended…not perfect but more godly.
A not so Picture-perfect Couple
My husband, Mike, is a pastor. And we’ve given spiritual and marital advice to many couples. Yet, we’ve had our own share of happy times and struggles.
Bright days where love bloomed and grace flourished.
Dark days where gloom and doom lived.
Full-time ministry doesn’t stamp a label across our foreheads, “The perfect marriage.” Because the enemy seeks to destroy marriages, working overtime on those in church leadership and ministry.
Following Christ automatically enlists believers in spiritual warfare. But ministry can be the bloodiest battleground.
In April, Mike and I celebrated thirty-two years in ministry and marriage. In our culture, it’s a surprising and blessed milestone. Here’s a note I wrote to him on our thirty-first anniversary.
One is the loneliest number…that’s why God gave me you. Thanks for being my guy, my man, my love, and my friend. I’m honored to be the wife of a man who’s not perfect (that’s only for Jesus), but who is godly and perfect for me. And dashingly handsome to say the least.
Matches Made in Heaven
So, if you’re in a love relationship or engaged, don’t pray for perfection, pray that you both become more like Christ as He filters your heart. If you’re married, pray for your spouse and marriage. God loves us with an everlasting love. A love that provides us the grace, mercy, and strength to strive toward imitating Christ in our marriage—even if they’re second chances.We can’t always hit the like button in #marriage. But in #Christ, we can choose the love button. Click To Tweet
“Steadfast love and truth and faithfulness meet together; Righteousness and peace kiss each other” Psalm 85:10 AMP.
Love is strengthened with truth and faithfulness. They meet together. Daily chats and holding hands mark their fellowship. Righteousness and peace affectionately adore one another.
They’re matches made in heaven.
For more about marriage, read my blog article, 5 Ways to Never Give Up on Marriage.
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August 17, 2017 at 9:30 am | Uncategorized