What’s the word that you associate with your marriage or the marriage you want to be in? Is it commitment? I’d offer that it should be. Out of all the words, commitment is the one that expresses the need of modern marriages.
Why that one word?
Because commitment best expresses the nature of marriage. Marriage is a dual-covenant between a husband and wife and the couple and God. Commitment is what it takes to stay in that covenant. It’s not love that keeps the covenant. It’s not kids that keep the covenant. It’s not success or comfort that keep the covenant. It’s commitment.
What’s more, the commitment is the fertilizer of the soil of that covenant. It is what helps the love grow. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said it this way: “It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love.” Commitment is how the love grows.
So what about you and your commitment to your marriage? Or if your single, do you have in your mind that it’s commitment (as opposed to romance, sex, or something else) that will make your marriage?
Commitment matters. And it matters in your marriage and life.