A few days ago, I came across a video (https://youtu.be/wWPOG_hxkTE) that simply warmed my heart. It was a clip of a couple who have been married for 73 years. You see the husband’s wife laying in the hospital bed living her final days. Her husband stands over her and affectionately touches her face as they both exchange the words, “I love you”. In a moment that would melt the hardest heart, he begins to sing to her what appears to be her favorite song. It was truly a touching moment. It was also a great reminder in my life of what I’m aiming for.
I understand that not every marriage will work out. Marriage involves people and whenever people are involved, anything can happen. However, it breaks my heart in this day and age how many people will throw away their marriages. I’m talking about the people that simply quit because they don’t feel happy, excited, in love, or are just plain bored. I wish more people would grit their teeth, set their hearts and minds, and commit to building a healthy marriage together. I didn’t personally know the couple in the video that I saw. I reckon that it’s safe to say that not every one of those 26,662 days they spent together were always happy or exciting, but they stayed true to their vows! I’m positive that there were days that were hard, that they had problems they had to work through, and that there were times when they needed to forgive one another.
If more of us would have a picture of what we want our last days to look like, we’d live our present days as steps to that future.
So my question to you is what are you aiming for? Is it just to be happy in the now or are you thinking 30-40 years down the road? If more of us would have a picture of what we want our last days to look like, we’d live our present days as steps to that future. My target is simple, at the end of my life, I want to be married to the same wife and I want my kids to still love me. That’s my goal and I’m taking steps now to arrive at that destination one day. Today I encourage you to reevaluate your aim and learn from this couple that possibly the most romantic day of your marriage still lies ahead!