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3 Lessons Learned From 50 Years of Marriage


My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past weekend!

As we took them out for a nice steak dinner to celebrate memories and milestones, I was reminded of some lessons learned from watching their marriage over the years. Here are just a few.

1. A Picture of Biblical Faithfulness

“Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2).

Marriage, like all areas of life, is a form of stewardship.

And like in any marriage, my parents have seen their share of “for better and for worse,” yet they’ve stayed faithful to each other through it all.

They have demonstrated unconditional love and sacrificial commitment to each other. They have also made a life together of sacrificially loving God and serving others, and left a godly heritage in the process.

Marriage isn’t meant to be easy. But that’s also why it’s referred to as a covenant and a commitment.

2. A Promise of Together Forever

In today’s culture, many kids are being raised without the confidence of knowing that mom and dad are in it for the long haul. The value of “till death do us part” has been challenged in a culture where 50% of all marriages end in divorce.

God’s plan for children is that their family be a place where they find their greatest security. Every child wants, needs, and deserves to know that their family will stay together through thick and thin.

My parents intentionally gave us the promise of being together forever, and it was never questioned.

Of all the things in life that are uncertain for a child, family should never be one of them. Because not only is “together forever” a promise, it’s a gift.

3. A Pattern Worth Following

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