Hello, this is Erin writing. Today is my 21st wedding anniversary. On June 4, 1994, the amazing, beautiful, multi-talented LeAnn Wojakowski took on a far shorter last name when she exchanged wedding vows with this nerdy little Iowa boy. We had no idea the adventures that lie ahead of us. We’ve experienced poverty, 2 years in Venezuela, 3 years church planting in Colorado, having 4 kids, and now leading a church plant (which we hope will be the last church staff we ever work on!).
I am so grateful for LeAnn’s faithfulness, her loyalty to me and our marriage, her grace toward my faults, her leadership skills, her sacrificial servant’s heart, her love for so many people, and her organizational skills which help our family operate far smoother than if I was in charge of the home and calendar.
Hebrews 13:4 tells us:
“Marriage must be honored among all…”
It’s easy to obey Hebrews 13:4 when you are married to someone as awesome as LeAnn. But for many people, it’s difficult to honor marriage. Maybe it’s because of their parents’ divorce, or their own divorce, or the struggle of difficult financial times, or infertility issues, or just plain selfishness. It’s hard in our day and age to honor marriage.
But why does God tell us to honor marriage? Several reasons:
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[list_item]He created it. (Genesis 2:24)[/list_item]
[list_item]He is the one who joins a man and woman together. (Matthew 19:6)[/list_item]
[list_item]It is a reflection of Jesus’ committed love for His people. (Ephesians 5:25-27)[/list_item]
This is why EVERYONE should honor marriage. Whether you are single, divorced, married 1 year, or married 100 years, honoring marriage is really honoring God.
So here are 4 simple ways you can help honor marriage:
- Pray for marriages.
Sure, you can pray for marriage in general, but why not pray for a specific marriage? Perhaps a co-worker or neighbor is going through a tough time in their marriage. Pray for them. Pray for their marriage to last. Because when you pray for a marriage to survive and thrive, you are confessing that it is God who created marriage, and that God will be honored through the survival of that relationship.
- Read a book about marriage.
Reading a good book about marriage will either help your current marriage, your future marriage, or give you ideas of how you can honor marriage even if you never marry. Two books I highly recommend are Tim & Kathy Keller’s The Meaning of Marriage and Gary Thomas’ Sacred Marriage.
- Give a creative gift to a newly married couple.
Most people give the bride and groom something off their bridal registry. That’s always nice (and it does honor their marriage). But why not go a step further?
Perhaps you could create something by hand. Or write them a song. Or give them tickets to a marriage conference a year away. Or give them an envelope with a piece of advice for each month of their first year of marriage. The more creative, the more you honor their marriage.
- Be part of a babysitting cooperative.
Join or start a babysitting cooperative. If a group of 4 or 5 couples would commit to watching each other’s kids, they would help each other remember they have a marriage inside the chaos of parenting. At Riverwood, we are calling this 13:4 Dating. If you are married and part of the Riverwood family, then let me encourage you to take advantage of our monthly 13:4 Dating events. And if you are single or find your spouse out of town when we are holding a 13:4 Dating event, then sign-up to help watch the kids of the couples who could use a date.