PLANES, CRASH LANDINGS, ETC.
SO OBVIOUS # 1-
The reason you board a plane in the first place is to get somewhere you currently ARE NOT. If you wanted to stay where you ARE you wouldn't get on a plane. Right? Right. So then a new destination is at the core of all flights. The reason could be a vacation, business, a wedding, a funeral or a million other things.. but the SO OBVIOUS reason you are on a plane in the first place is to be somewhere ELSE.
SO OBVIOUS #2 -
But not just ANYWHERE else. You have a specific destination in mind. So.. At the airport, if you are flying to Hawaii ..... you check the sign at the gate to make sure it says "Hawaii" before you walk through the door and on to the plane. How disappointing to get off the plane and find yourself in Cleveland.... and not Hawaii.(not that there's anything wrong with Cleveland.. it's just NOT Hawaii).
SO OBVIOUS #3-
Another aspect is that when you decide on your destination, your wardrobe follows your decision. Right? Right. So then getting off the plane in Cleveland when you thought you were flying to Hawaii also means you will freeze to death wearing a summer Hawaii wardrobe in the middle of winter in Ohio and you would sweat to death wearing an Ohio winter wardrobe in the summer heat of Hawaii. Your destination determines your wardrobe and your wardrobe determines your survival.
SO OBVIOUS #4-
Before you GET ON THE PLANE - and without your knowledge or opinion - a FLIGHT PLAN has been submitted. The flight plan has many purposes: creating a route that keeps your from colliding with other planes, and creating a route that will insure that the plane has enough fuel to arrive at it's destination. A flight plan is what keeps us from seeing a thousand planes a day crashing in to the ground and destroying thousands of citizens a day.
What if you just got on a plane willy-nilly and had no idea where it was going, when it would land, or if there were enough fuel to get you anywhere? What if the pilot just got behind the controls without any training at flying a plane and refused to listen to any instruction from the air traffic controller? We'd see nothing but crash landings. Many lives would be destroyed, that's what would happen. And eventually... seeing all the wreckage all around us...no one would fly again. And IF people DID get on a plane, at the first sign of any strange noises.. they would abandon ship... immediately.. and who would blame them? Who would want to fly? No one.
That's how so many do marriage. And that's why they are crash landing all around us. And that's why people are just living together.. or jumping the marriage ship at the first sign of trouble. So I offer you the following MARRIAGE SO OBVIOUS POINTS:
MARRIAGE SO OBVIOUS #1 -
IF YOU WANTED TO STAY WHERE YOU WERE YOU WOULD HAVE STAYED SINGLE. A person who gets up every day and does whatever they want to do whenever they want to do it is a "SINGLE" person. If you want your life to stay like it is when you're single - then stay single. SO OBVIOUS.. no? Yes. The reason you got on board the marriage plane is to be somewhere ELSE with SOMEONE ELSE. So then... why are you trying to live like you aren't... ? Are you?
MARRIAGE SO OBVIOUS #2 -
YOU CHOSE A PARTICULAR DESTINATION - your husband chose you and you chose him. I am always surprised when people look at their spouse like they just got off in Ohio and they were expecting Hawaii. He (and you) will always be very close to what you were when you started the flight. If you want Hawaii then don't settle for Ohio. (Nothing wrong with Ohio... ok? Just making a point... don't send me.. "Ohio is wonderful emails...it is.. I agree.. already.. ok? )
MARRIAGE SO OBVIOUS #3 -
BEING MARRIED MEANS TWO PEOPLE BECOMING ONE. This requires a NEW WARDROBE. This requires PUTTING ON love, patience, kindness.. which you can only get from the Holy Spirit.. for free.. but only if you ask. The wardrobe of marriage is the garment of preferring the other person.. the robe of a servant. Sounds like Jesus... no? Yes.
MARRIAGE SO OBVIOUS #4 -
Long before you both boarded the "marriage" plane.. a "Flight Plan" was written by God concerning the course of marriage. STRICTLY FOLLOW THE FLIGHT PLAN. In other words... 'read the Bible and then DO what it says'. God created marriage. There is NO husband alive who gets to NOT do what God's Word says.. or wife. WE all submit to one another. We all prefer one another. Husband or not. Wife or not. It's the flight plan. Follow it OR CRASH.
SO THEN GO BACK AND RE-READ THE SCRIPTURES WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT. IN 1 PETER 3. But read 1 Peter 2.. first..
Here's a NEW "SO OBVIOUS"
CHRISTIAN LIFE SO OBVIOUS #1 - "IN THE SAME WAY"
All the guidelines to husbands AND wives begin with that phrase...
In the same way, husbands.
In the same way, wives.
In the same way as what??
A better question is in the same way as WHO?
In the same way as Jesus.
In the same way He loves you...
ALL OF LIFE.. is focused toward us becoming LIKE JESUS. Being formed in to the image of His Son is God's destination for your life. There's nothing you can do to change it.
You got on the plane of being His child.. and you cannot take control of the controls.
Look.. sweet Mrs. Younger and your equally sweet Mr. Younger - I am gaining nothing from writing this blog. Most of you have no clue who I am.. so it's not for applause...fame.. money... I am not getting a book deal, or a cover story on a Christian magazine.
I just have a broken heart over all the broken marriages... the Christian broken marriages... and I have counseled many... and seen marriages fall..
WE ARE NOT FOLLOWING THE "RULES OF FLIGHT"...God's Word.
YOUR HUSBAND has to.
YOU have to.
It will keep the plane flying.
You cannot do it out of fear. You have to do it out of love. For God. LOVE FOR GOD.
You have to LOVE God. If you don't... you skipped Rule #1 - Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind and all you soul.
The key to a successful marriage is not how much the two people love each other, but how much the two people love the LORD.
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