Wedding Anniversaries-A A +A
Friday, October 18, 2013
IT'S our 32nd wedding anniversary! We thank God and we praise God for such a blessing!
Do I have the "K" to be "preachy" on such an issue?
With the number of marriages "on the rocks," marriages that have gone sour, have ended up in annulment or separation, 32 years is a big blessing, coupled with a lot of efforts and prayers!
Having new technology and easy communication like social networking computer applications, texting, email, facebook, viber, etc., and having both spouses at work, having a spouse working overseas, etc., have made "flirting" around "easier," and having "other opportunities to do wrong" more frequent.
I have been told time and again that the best way to beat the devil in all his shrewdness and cunning is not to stand up and fight him, but rather, to run away from him. Let’s face it! He is the master of sin, and has been at it for thousands of years, while we are just “neophytes” in doing battle with him. Even, if we may have been equipped with faith, strong family values, and a proper education on what is right and wrong, our flesh is weak!
Thus, run! Run away from temptations. It’s a marathon! A lifetime marathon! Turn off the computer. Switch to another channel. Text or call someone else… like your spouse, your children, your siblings, or someone who will truly help you in your walk on the path of righteousness. BE FAITHFUL!
Our late Brother Paul’s advice is a good tool: “SEE THE GOOD. ASSUME THE BEST. BE READY TO EXCUSE.” He never limited it to husband and wife relationships, but it is most useful. My wife must have applied the phrase hundreds of times on me. If she focused on all my faults, our marriage would not have lasted. And just last night, when I was “out of order” with something I said, she seriously corrected me, and must have quickly excused me, even before waiting for an apology, that never came. My apologies, Angie!
Most important of all, PRAY, PRAY, AND PRAY! As is often said in wedding masses, we need a third party in our relationship, Jesus Christ! “Perfect” weddings are made in heaven, but “destroyed” on earth by our own frailties, shortcomings, pride, and our failure to walk the narrow and difficult path.
Pray, as in ask for HELP, HELP, HELP in keeping the marriage last!
My Dearest Children,
James and Candice, you are barely a month into your marriage. May the above thoughts and all the good that your parents have taught you, be practiced in your marriage.
FAITHFULNESS is a fruit of the Spirit. Develop it.
“SEE THE GOOD, ASSUME THE BEST, BE READY TO EXCUSE” is part of a healthy and positive mindset. Nurture it.
PRAYERFULNESS is a conscious act that becomes a Habit. It is gratefulness for all that we have been blessed with, and is essential to overcome challenges and temptations.
Jennifer, James, David, and Jessica, you are the tangible proofs of your parents’ love for one another. May we be a living example of a married couple who continue to strive to be together as one. May you pray with us and for us, that we be faithful to the marriage vows made 32 years ago.
Always remember, that no amount of success in all other fields of endeavor will make up for a broken or unhappy marriage!
As Paul Getty, one of the world richest millionaires who had several failed marriages, once said, “I am willing to give up all my wealth for just one happy marriage.”
“Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.” - Proverbs 25:24
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 19, 2013.