Today’s post is part of the Heart’s at Home Blog Hop for the month of June.
And this month’s blog hop is to answer the question, If I could go back in time and tell my teenage self one thing, what would it be?
My parents didn’t have a great marriage. So I remember thinking in my teen years that I would make it my mission to find a great guy, and not only escape my difficult family of origin, but also show my parents how to have a great marriage.
Ahhh, ignorance is bliss!
I took my idealistic and naïve notions with me into my dating relationships, often driving some of my boyfriends crazy! And, honestly, running a few boyfriends off!
But if I could’ve whispered into my teenage ear before any of that occurred, I would say . . .
Quit running after an ordinary man to be who the extraordinary Christ should be in your life—the first true love of your life!
Thankfully, all along the way, God was the One whispering this truth in my ear. And at some point, I actually listened and realized that He was right. Imagine that?!
I want to clarify at this point that I am not in any way saying I regret marrying my husband. I am so, so happy to be married to my husband, Gary. But I do know that I’ve put him, our kids and myself through so much more drama because I believed that Gary could and should complete me.
Looking back, I know that God used (and continues to use) all of the people in my life and especially my husband to act as “iron sharpening iron,” so His will was not thwarted by my unrealistic expectations. But I also realize that my compulsion to be in a relationship and eventually marriage, made my spiritual and emotional maturation process much more complicated, difficult and slow.
So, even though I can’t really speak to my teenager self, I hope that this will be a resounding statement to any of you (of any age) who are rushing into a relationship . . .
Don’t pursue a soul-mate or spouse until you can say that Christ is and will continue to be your first love.
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