Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. (1 Cor. 7:17)
Expanded Passage: Matthew 19:3–9; 1 Corinthians 7:10–17
My neighbor, Jimmy, has an immaculate lawn. He fertilizes, waters, and mows it meticulously. Every tree is surrounded by carefully selected mulch and every flower blooms perfectly where it was planted.
My yard is a different story. I was late to call the fertilizer company this year, so there’s a patch on our lawn that’s not perfect. I have the energy to mow once a week, but not every five days like my neighbors. We neglected to ask a friend to water the flowers on our porch when we were on vacation. They did not survive.
I confess there are days when I say: I wish I had Jimmy’s yard. I wish I had his skill set, his energy, his knowledge, and time to do to our lawn what he’s done with his.
Sometimes we do the same thing with marriage. Not that we want other people’s marriages, per se, but we covet their circumstances. Single people often long for the companionship their married friends have. Sometimes married people, especially if their relationship isn’t thriving, imagine what the single life might look like again. They envy the flexibility and freedom their single friends have with their schedule and interests and pursuits. Paul said that the Lord has called us to this circumstance in this season. Be present with me. Right here, right now.”
Whatever your marital status, choose to be content in your current situation.
Steve Norman is a Wesleyan pastor, speaker, and author. He lives in West Michigan and serves the Great Lakes Region of The Wesleyan Church.
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