Happily Ever After

An interesting quote from a book I'm reading by John Ortberg:
In the Bible, marriage is not the fulfillment of our dreams; it is a place where we learn.

This is the most freeing statement. . .

Disney has totally ruined us for marriage. We are trained to believe in "happily ever after" and get very upset when life doesn't turn out like a fairy tale. But Disney starts the credits at the wedding, and in real life, after the wedding life is still, well, life. Problems happen, people get sick, and conflicts arise. Although now, instead of trying to figure things out on your own, you have two people with different backgrounds, personalities, and perspectives trying to figure things out together. It's certainly not a recipe for "happily ever after"!

Adam and Eve even had major issues, and if they couldn't figure out how to live happily ever after in the Garden of Eden, then there isn't much hope for anyone else.

Marriage is so much BIGGER than just happily ever after. It is a life lived together - it is a symbol of Christ and the Church. It is two imperfect people learning to love God and people. This will be done imperfectly, of course, what else is to be expected?


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