The Myths of Marriage

Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and vain babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge.

I Timothy 6:20

Carol walked into my office, sat down, and started crying. Through her tears she told me her story.

“It was like being packed for warm Hawaiian vacation. Our shorts, swimming suits, and sunhats were neatly packed. We got off the plane and were instantly hit with a gust of cold wind. As we looked out of the airplane, we saw snow-covered mountains and snowdrifts at the edges of the runway. We weren’t in Hawaii. We were in Switzerland!  I think marriage would have been fine if we had been prepared for it,” she went on. “We had so many ideals that were crushed. We’re both so disillusioned, I don’t know  if we can ever get our marriage back together.”

Carol and Tom were an example of many couples who had been swept away by the myths of marriage. I explained to Carol that theirs was a common problem. When  they came together for counseling; as a couple they erased such myths as “Having to work on marriage means we weren’t  right for each other in the first place” and “If you can’t meet all my needs, I need to find someone else.”  And together they relaid the foundation of their marriage.

Prayer:  Lord, grant us the courage and the love to base our marriage on reality, not myths.



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