Relationships Are On Our Mind
Ah, some of you are thinking, so this is going to be another "contentment-in-singleness-until-God-rewards-you-with-a-husband" rah-rah, then. Heard it already. Wait up! That's not where I'm going with this.
Fact is, a post on relationships is guaranteed to get more than the average number of comments at this blog. Relationships are on our mind. More than a little.
Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks, Luke 6:45 says. In light of that, how should we be viewing the amount of energy and time we spend talking about guys, relationships, and marriage? When more conversations with our girlfriends slope toward guys than toward Christ, what does that say about what we value more?
This is nothing new or surprising to you. We wish Christ dominated our thoughts more than anything else. But time after time, our thoughts and conversation keep returning to the same well-worn places. Why?
It isn't that desiring marriage or a relationship is problematic. God created us to be drawn to the opposite sex, and marriage is an incredible covenant designed for our holiness and God's glory. But the catechism does not say that the chief end of man is marriage. It says that our goal should be to glorify God and enjoy Him forever—and yet we often operate exactly as if the former were true.
- Do you and your girlfriends tend to focus more on Jesus or guys in your conversation?
- Why shouldn't marriage and guys dominate our thoughts?
- What are you looking forward to most in the future? Why?
- What specific changes would please God most in your thought life and conversation patterns?
(Come back tomorrow for Part 2.)