Marriage Good for your health?

But is your health good for marriage?

How many people have gone into relationships only to learn, this is not the person for me? How much time, how many chances do you give? Do you know how many people have gone into good marriages and managed to escape within inches of their lives? How much abuse do you take before... Do you stay in any abusive relationship until your children are grown? Just how many forms of abuse are there?

If preparation, education and time are some of the key factors to creating healthy wholesome relationships, how do we go about that? These do not only apply to marriages, but to relationships in general, work and play. Why your value?

Today I read this article on one website: Is marriage Good for your health? Be happy. Talk happiness. Happiness calls out responsive gladness in others. There is enough sadness in the world without yours. Never doubt the excellence and permanence of what is yet to be. Join the great company of those who make the barren places of life fruitful with kindness. Your success and happiness lie in you. The great enduring realities are love and service. Resolve to keep happy and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”— Helen Keller

Faults and failings in others aren't the sad things in life. What is truly sad is to have such myopic vision as to see only faults, when I have placed before you opportunities for growth and learning through patience, forgiveness, faith, and love.

Love and service but it fails to address ABUSE! It fails to address sacrifice and compromise, how much and how long? How do you know the difference between sacrifice and abuse? My point is “being realistic” and explaining both sides. Marriage calls for a serious commitment and sacrifice and the way we treat marriages today is far less than we do when applying for and receiving "a good job". Which is more important to your health, your job or your marriage? Which is closest to you?

When I look around my neighborhoods, work and play, I do not see what these people are describing above. When I visit our churches, schools, jobs I do not see what these people are describing. I hear them but I do not see, feel, smell... them. And if they saw them there would be no reason to write about them. By now, we should be marriage experts. What happened to prayer, broken homes, lust?

When you read articles like these and are not properly prepared for the lumps and bumps of your marriage, your marriage will end in catastrophe, just like what is happening in and with too many marriages today. People are blinded by the light.

Marriage is a serious responsibility and commitment requiring extraordinary sacrifice. Sacrifice is one of the things you do for love, but how do you maintain a healthy balance? They say it takes a village.

And just as you would properly prepare for any other serious endeavor, I would strongly suggest greater preparation for the institution of marriage, if you want it to work.

Get your priorities in order before jumping the broom!

I have also heard that marriage is what you make it! Just what have we made marriage?

Marriage and the common prostitute?

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