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Til death do us part

Till death do us part.

More and more we’ve turned this from a vow to an ultimatum. One thing our culture does not like is ultimatums. This could explain the skyrocketing divorce rate. We enjoy options. Being tied down to one person is a thing of the past. At least that is what popular television, magazines, and modern culture would have you believe. Even the shows that do show steady marriages are made into a mockery. Everybody Loves Raymond and the Simpson’s are among the decreasing number of shows that display a marriage of one woman and one man. The problem is that these shows are meant to make you laugh. They’re sitcoms. Really, do good marriages exist anymore?

Even in our own reality there is plenty of details which could be the makings of the next sitcom. Some of our marriages even have the making of the next Lifetime movie that ends in tragedy. I’ve seen shows that encourage multiple relationships and even other shows that tempt couples with other men or women in extracurricular relationships.

Regardless how you look at it, marriages are in shambles all across the nation. According to the 2007 figures from the CDC,  there are on average 250 marriages per hour in this country, we also see 102 divorces per hour. That is nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. There are fewer and fewer marriages every year, while the divorce rate is on a steady rise.

What does this mean for the church?  For too long now, couples inside and outside the church aren’t investing into their marriage. We are working more and more hours and have more activities than ever before. What about you? When was the last time you took time out  for your own marriage. I’m not talking about going to a movie together or going grocery shopping. I am talking about some serious investing.

I think we can all agree that we do have busy schedules. Think about this, how much time do you spend with your spouse without interruption (kids, telephone, internet, work, tv, etc.) One on one time with your spouse is what you need. Now, how much time to spend with other married couples without interruption? I am guessing not too much.

So, what lengths would you go to in order to make sure that your marriage is getting the investment it needs and to stay off the divorce rate statistic? Do you want to end up as one of the 102 couples that end up in divorce each hour? The odds are in your not actively investing in your marriage, when things get tough, they’ll take longer and longer to get better.

Take the time now to invest in your marriage. Third City has many opportunities for you. Take a look at the list below and find one that suits you.

LIFE Groups for couples
Home Builders by Family Life
Weekend to Remember Getaway
Adult Ed courses:  Love & Respect, Sacred Marriage
Marriage Counseling
Date Nights

Any of the above suggestions are sure to give you what you need for a healthy marriage. Now is the time to invest in your marriage. Don’t wait till its too late. No one is exempt from those stats, just make sure you are doing what you need to do now to ensure a great marriage for years till come. Bring back the covenant that you make before God when you said, “Till death do us part.”.

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