Getting older is a pain. Really, a pain. Pains that I never used to have in places I never used to have them. I honestly wrestle with mixed emotions alot these days.
Yes, I’m closer to heaven than I once was, but I also feel a sense of regret, or loss. What have I really done? What has my life really stood for? What will be my legacy? Will it matter to anyone when I’m gone?
Seems like several times a year now, I read an obituary or find out from a friend that someone I know has passed away. Dang it, they seemed so young. Once again I feel that anxiety in my soul…. what are you doing with your life? What are you going to accomplish for Jesus before you go home? How much time do I have left to do it?
I often wonder if I would have done more if I had known back then what I know now. I honestly don’t know. I want to believe that I would have done more, been a better husband, father and Christ-follower.
This I do know. Being a husband matters. Being a Christ-following, wife loving husband matters alot. It matters for now and for eternity. It matters to your wife, your children, their children, their children, etc. – and it matters to those around you who are watching.
They watch in hopes of seeing what a healthy, happy, fulfilling marriage looks like. Well over half the married men you live life around are unhappy in their marriages, and longing to know what a healthy one looks like. Your marriage matters!
Mainly, being a great husband matters to God. We are a reflection of His covenant love for His bride, the church. People should be able to look at us and see a reflection of how Jesus loves His bride unconditionally. We have a uniquely awesome opportunity to show other men how Jesus loves, forgives, serves and cherishes His people as we seek to do the same for our wives. We won’t ever do it perfectly, but God will use us in huge ways as we make progress on our journey.
Life is quickly jogging by us. Let’s not miss another day of walking with Him and learning how to be the best at this husband thing…..
Your marriage matters,