Sunday, June 10, 2007

Do You Know The Real Track Record?

Twenty-five years ago I was a bride-to-be. Our anniversary is on Tuesday. We have traveled the road called marriage with all it's ups and downs and twists and turns.

Twenty-five years ago our wedding was officiated by Rev. Jim Denison. I'm sure, the now Dr. Denison, has performed many, many other marriage ceremonies over these years. I'm sure he has also grown in his pre-marital counseling skills through the years.

All these years later and on Tuesday, dear hubby and I will be the only couple that Jim has married that has celebrated their 25th anniversary. You would think that an upstanding well recognized preacher like this would have many successful couples that have celebrated a silver anniversary, right?

Why are we special? Why did we make it this long but no other couple has? Was it the counseling? Was it something he did or said to us? Or was it something else?

Those of you who know us real well, know the answer.

Before I tell you the answer, ask yourself this question: "Do I make judgements before I have all the information?"

Have you looked inside and answered that question for yourself? If so, read on...

The reason we are the only couple to have reached 25 years is very simple. The first marriage ceremony that Jim ever conducted .... was ours.

So Jim is actually one for one where it is possible for the couple to have reached this occasion.

Jim and Janet were simply seminary students and we were just a young couple. I don't know if Jim learned much from that first experience uniting two as one but we are very thankful for his willingness to play a part in getting our life together off on the right track.

What ever you are evaluating today, be it personal, religious, political or whatever, will you be sure that you have all the facts before judging the outcome of your thoughts?


2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (The Message) Because of this decision we don't evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don't look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new.

1 comment:

Susan said...

Sharon,

This is an important reminder! It sounds like you all set the tone for successful marriages. Hooray for making it 25 years...and for giving God the glory!

:-) Susan