Friday, September 05, 2008

Ask, Seek and Knock

The more I experience life, the more I realize that if we want anything in life we must go after it.

This principle encompasses both the material as well as the spiritual world. Whether it is for food, a job, sales, a wife, love or the kingdom of God, we must seek after it. Almost anyone that we are looking for must be sought after earnestly, it must be chased, it must be pursued.

But as I write these words I'm also reminded the words of Matthew 6:33 to seek FIRST his Kingdom. That the first priority (but not the exclusive one) is His Kingdom. Then all the things like houses, property, money, riches, happiness will come about. All side effects of seeking God.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Perfect Someone

If we were to marry someone who is perfect, then that person could never grow because he/she is perfect.

So really, there isn't someone who is perfect at anytime. Just as all things grow. Each one of us must grow.

And as husband and wife, we help each one to grow towards the fullness of Christ, to become more loving, kinder, stronger, faithful, hopeful.

What I think is more important is the direction in which the person we marry is headed. Stagnancy is out of the question. The other is in which way is he growing? In love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, kindness, faithfulness and self-control. Or is towards greed, the love of money, ruthlessness, anger, vanity, pride, slander, gossip, falsehood or more? Yes, we may exhibit some of the bad things, but the question is... are we growing out of it?

That is the question for marriage. It is the direction each person is growing towards that is just as important as what he/she is now.