This past weekend, I had the privilege of going to Chicago to be in a wedding for one of my best friends. Mark and I have been friends since our freshman year of college. We have been in small groups together, we have been roommates, and we have done ministry alongside one another. In fact, Mark was one of the reasons I am in New Hampshire right now, as he was already here before I interviewed for the job.
Over the weekend, though, I was given the opportunity to not only be in his wedding party, but I witnessed one of the most God-centered weddings I have ever seen. It was evident from the very beginning that this was not just a regular wedding where two people start a life together. Instead, it was a joining of what God had already begun. Obviously, it was God who brought them together, and He will be the one to continue bringing them closer together as they go forward in life. They are both great people who love God with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength.
So, in closing, this blog post is double-sided. First, it is for them. I want to say thanks for letting me be a part of your lives, both in the past and in your wedding. I cannot wait to see what God does through you! Secondly, it is for others who are already married or thinking about marriage. The single-most important thing you can do is find someone who will make you a better follower of Christ. That is what it is all about. There are lot of things I love about my wife, but the biggest thing is her love for the Lord. That is what I hope for everyone – that if you get married, your spouse will be someone who puts God first, you second, and themselves third. If so, even though life may not always go as you have planned, things will be good. I know that will be true for Mark and Mel. I pray it is the same for you.
(On a side note, I just realized this is the first time I have probably written about Mark, which means I have probably not written about my friend Dann either. Guess what one of my next blog posts might be about…)