Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned roller coaster? Yet, as exciting as they are, even the most ardent thrill seekers wouldn’t choose to ride one every day for the rest of their lives.
Sadly, we hear from many husbands and wives who feel as if their marriage has become one long, scary, roller coaster ride. Things are up and down, unpredictable, unstable, and just not fun anymore. And many of these couples are looking for a way out.
The thing is, during their engagement, these same couples were just like the folks waiting in line at the amusement park. They were enthusiastic, full of anticipation, curious about what was ahead – and yes, a bit fearful. They didn’t know quite what to expect, but they were confident enough to take that step forward. For their wedding day, they probably even invested a lot of time, resources, and energy.
But did they give enough attention to preparing for the marriage itself? Did they truly understand that marriage is about self-sacrifice and serving the other? Were they aware of all the implications of this deep commitment?
On today’s broadcast, “Saving Marriages Before They Start,” two members of our Focus staff, Roger and Diane Ingolia, say the answer to those questions is often “no.” That’s why they’ve invested a good portion of their lives in coming alongside engaged couples and newlyweds through mentoring, and why they encourage other mature Christian couples to do the same.
To hear their story and learn the difference you can make in the marriages of young couples you know, be sure to listen to our program on your local radio station, online or via our free, downloadable mobile phone app.