Celebrate Your Decision

For a handful of years I was a wedding coordinator. Sounds magical, right? Flowers, blushing brides, and cake in tiers? Well, let me assure you, some days were easier than others. There isn’t enough tulle and silk this side of Paris to cover all the raw emotions, feelings, and family dynamics. Weddings can be fun, sweet, tender and beautiful … and they can be full of angst, tons of pressure, and lots of worry. Of course the brides and grooms wanted a perfect day - they were going to celebrate a great decision! 

In the planning of the “Big Day,” I would always try to remind the happy couple to do a couple of things. First, soak it in. There would be people there that loved them, and they should capture every moment and savor it. Second, remind themselves and each other every hour that it is a marriage, a commitment, and a lifetime together. It’s about way more than the perfect dress, seating charts, and sunflowers in bloom. It’s about living and loving on a daily basis. 

Marriages, well, all relationships are built on consistent communication, mutual respect, and experiencing time together. I keep coming back to this passage in Philippians: 

“So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12).

Work out your own salvation. Just as in a marriage the butterflies on the celebration day are special, day 8,473 is just as special, if the relationship is connected. The day we accept the gift of Jesus is sealed and forever yours. But, it doesn’t end with that decision. That’s just the first step! 

Paul isn’t telling the folks of Philippi to work to keep salvation. He’s simply encouraging them to work on their relationship with Christ … for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish … until death brings you even closer together! 

Sweet friends, take time today to celebrate your decision day! Where were you? How old were you? Who did you tell first? And, then keep going … what are some amazing “anniversary” milestones you and Jesus have had? Celebrate those moments and all the two of you have been through that deserved a party. And then take time to thank Him for the times He held your hand on the darkest days. He loves you so. 
By Carrie Peterson






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