“Since the day we said our vows, our goal has been to walk worthy of the Lord and to keep on walking until we see his face” (Bernice Callaway – talking of her love story).
Is that your goal in marriage? It sure is ours! Since the day we committed our lives to Christ, it’s been our goal not to deny God anything. We continually strive to give our all to Him and our lives have been all the richer for it.
We continually pray that when others see us, they will see Christ IN us and will want to know our God better. It’s our prayer that we won’t distort the message of the love of Christ through how we live. We also pray we will live fully committed to our God and to each other for the rest of our lives. May God help us in this mission, and may this is your mission as well!
Testimony of Faithfulness
This week we want to share with you a true testimony from the lives of two ordinary people. They lived in faithfulness to the marriage commitment they made to each other over half a decade before. The full article is titled 57 Years in 5 Simple Steps. We recommend you read it in its entirety. It was featured in Marriage Partnership Magazine several years ago.
In this article, Phil Callaway asked his parents to give him “5 good reasons” why they were still together. What his mom wrote was simple. And yet it has sure has inspired us. We hope it will inspire you as well. Here are “Five reasons We’re Still Together” written by Victor and Bernice Callaway.
When we were married, we hardly knew about divorce. I guess everyone at our wedding, including us, fully expected the knot to stay tied. We watched their marriages. We had seen their faithfulness. And we would stay faithful too. We realize you won’t have that advantage. Some of your closest friends may pack it in. But no matter how dark the road gets, you will find examples of faithfulness. AND WHEN YOU CAN’T FIND EXAMPLES, YOU CAN STILL BE ONE.
Sometimes I felt like walking out on Dad. And a few times I did. Early in our marriage I occasionally took long walks to get away from him. But I always returned to his loving arms. We made a pledge before God that we would stay committed to each other for life.
Through reading God’s Word and praying together almost every night, we learned what God planned and expected for our marriage. We memorized verses that encouraged us to be loving, kind and honest. And through them we learned to keep on forgiving. We asked God for guidance and He provided it. We prayed for children and embraced each one as gifts from God.
As a Christian family we stuck together, warts and all. Though we often failed, we’re learning to admit wrong and ask for forgiveness. We laughed lots, and cried lots. We talked lots; we worked together and we played together.
Since the day we said our vows, our goal has been to walk worthy of the Lord and to keep on walking until we see his face. Sometimes we’ve fallen flat on our faces. But when that happened, we’ve been given grace to get up and claim God’s promise: ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest‘ (Exodus 33:14)…
Thinking of their Love Story…
…I thought about my parents standing at the altar on a day when the temperature dipped to 45 below in Toronto. They knew that 10 days later Dad would go back to war. He would leave his tearful bride waving from a train station platform. So they joined hands and promised to be faithful. They had no idea that their first child would die in their arms. They didn’t know that they would spend their entire lives below the poverty line. But they vowed to comfort each other, no matter what came their way.
“By today’s standards Mom and Dad didn’t have much. They had just $75, a solitary wedding ring and a suitcase full of dreams. More than half a century later, they still don’t have much. But their dreams were never about good fortune. Instead they dreamed of children who would follow God —and they got five of them. They dreamed of years of faithfulness —and they got more than 57 years of them. You can travel the world, but I’ll guarantee you one thing: you’ll never meet two wealthier people.”
Passing on a Legacy
It’s our prayer that we’ll be able to pass onto our children a love story such as this married couple did. What a precious inheritance! And it is our hope that you’ll also be able to live out a wonderful love story for all who are in your life to witness. As we’ve heard it said before, “It’s not how you start the race that’s as important as how you finish.” If you have issues to work through, lean into learning how to do this with the wisdom and strength God can give you.
We hope that if your love story falls short, you’ll take to heart and live out what we’re told in the Bible,
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:1-3).
Steve and Cindy Wright
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