Yesterday, I attended a wedding of a friend I had done some work for in the past year. Since I had to work my current job leading up to the afternoon ceremony, I didn’t have any expectations. Rather, I came with an open mind, free from any preconceived judgments or stereotypes. I was there to simply support my friend and wife to be. As a result, my heart was fertile, ready to receive the message of the pastor.
Before the exchange of vows, a 5 minute sermonette explained why this couple stood at the altar. Entitled A Witness to Christian Marriage, these words were profound, convicting me of the life I had been living. Over the last 3 years, I have glorified my past, bypassed the present and hoped for a brighter future. In the malaise of my unemployment, I neglected to celebrate the present. Thanks to this amazing invocation, God has inspired me to be thankful for my past, embrace the future and learn to celebrate the here and now of life!
by Jay Mankus