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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Not that you asked...

Here's my best guess about how to ensure a long and loving marriage: marry up.

Make sure that you find, court, and marry someone who you respect and look up to; someone who challenges you to be who you are called to be; someone who makes you wish that you were a better person; someone whose faith you admire; someone honorable, generous, virtuous, and loving of others.

If at all possible, make sure your spouse marries up, too.

Thanks for nine great years, Dear; may we have many more.

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Blogger Benedict Seraphim said...

Um, the post date is a bit confusing--is your anniversary today or tomorrow?--but (proleptic) congratulations, anyway!

Many years!

Wednesday, December 15, 2004 4:43:00 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Clifton:
My anniversary is the post date; when I posted it I was surprised that it showed up early, but hey, I'll take it. I tried to post it early to ensure it was up by the 16th, because I am not always the sharpest about these things. (e.g. I scheduled a small group meeting on the night of the 16th...ugh.)
Also, today (the 15th) is the three year anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004 7:17:00 PM  
Blogger Philip Young said...

Happy Anniversary Jay. May you and Kristen have many more happy years. Congrats.

Thursday, December 16, 2004 3:19:00 PM  
Blogger Peter Young said...

Happy Anniversery to you both. I can say without a doubt that we both married up. But now we must strive to better ourselves to make us worthy of the wonderful women we have married.

Thursday, December 16, 2004 6:11:00 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Thanks alot, guys!

Fortunately, our children tend to take after our wives, too, so we've dodged that bullet.

Pete: as for striving to better ourselves, I think you're right; but I also think it is analogous to an experience of God's grace, in that being loved makes one lovely, and that loving another makes that person lovely -- that love begets love. And when you're so loved, who would want to slack off and be a schmo, and fail to respond to that with love? Which is to say that we work to better ourselves not because we're unacceptable, but because we're loved and want to live in a manner worthy of that love.

Friday, December 17, 2004 3:41:00 PM  

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