Last night my husband and I shared at our small group. We rotate teaching, and it was our week! We spoke about how what you pursue in your life/marriage can either hurt your marriage or attract you to each other. For example if I am pursuing my selfishness, I will only hurt my husband, and our relationship. If on the other hand I am spending time pursuing God, and the holiness He calls us to, well, it will be something attractive that will improve our marriage. We also talked a little bit about how marriage is God's context for challenging us to be holy. Quite a few of out thoughts came out of this book. Before diving into it though I read a poem that had been given to me. I have been asked to post it here. I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
I pursue. I run. I chase. I long
I pursue what is in my heart.
Money, things, music, black boxes, and keyboards,
cars, and games, instruments, and perfection.
I run after it.
Fear of failure is hot on my heals.
I can't see anyone.
I don't see anything important.
Only my own wants.
My selfishness surrounds me
as my idols take over my body, mind, and soul from with in.
My spouse goes unnoticed.
Needs of others go with out.
Around me there is pain while I live in a world of my own.
While I purse the things in my world,
Hurt ensues around me.
Then I hear it.
Quietly calling to me.
God's voice draws me.
My focus shifts.
I see Him.
I see who He is,
and who He made me to be.
I turn and run fully into His arms.
I race to the one who gives life.
I realize the life He gives
is different than the one I wanted.
I embrace it, full of love.
I pursue God fully,
letting Him change me body, and mind, and soul from with in.
The hurt I once caused is now being replaced
with love and servant hood.
I leave my idols behind to pursue God
and in that I find a great pursuit
of all things good and Godly.
I find my marriage changed
because I am loving my spouse with a Godly love
and my pursuit of God is healing my marriage.
Healing the hurt my idols have cost us.
The pursuit of idols hurt us
Left us broken and separated.
The pursuit of God
attracts me to my love, my spouse.