What about marriage?

'I want to get married." I'll never get married!" "He's too young to get married." "They shouldn't get they're all wrong for each other." "He wants to get married, but I don't." "There's no point in getting married—we'll probably just wind up divorced." "I'm so glad I'm not married." "My marriage is my whole life."

I guess I've heard every one of those statements on the subject of marriage. Everyone has an opinion about it. But what I've come to see—after having been married and then single again—is that every marriage is unique and only the people inside a marriage can speak with any authority on it. Also, having experienced both sides of the coin, so to speak, I will say that I found being married to be wonderful, difficult, fulfilling, lonely, and an adventure. And I'll say exactly the same about being single. Because no matter whom you're sharing your life with—one special person or a big family or just a few dear friends—in the end, the one relationship that determines your satisfaction, peace of mind, and sense of purpose and fulfillment is the bond you share with God. That's everyone's primary connection, and the quality of that connection supports and defines every other relationship.

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