Twenty-Five to Life

There’s a silly joke that tells about a lady on an assembly line. One day she broke down in tears and couldn’t be consoled. When she finally could speak, she confessed to her co-workers that she had considered murdering her husband but couldn’t go through with it. “It is wonderful that you felt you could share that with us,” one of the ladies said. “And feel free to cry when you need to; we understand.” Incredulous, the lady snapped back, “No, you don’t understand. I would have gotten 25 to life in jail. And, with good behaviour, today is the day I would have gotten out of prison!”

Back in my single days I would hear couples talk about their Silver Anniversary. Twenty-five years sounded like a long time. Mine happened 18 months ago—the time passed in a day. Love, marriage, and kids are good for a soul. I can recommend them all. Next to becoming a Christian, getting married was the best thing that ever happened to me. Of course, marrying a strong Christian has meant love defined by Christ’s love, dedication to ‘till death do us part,’ and a home filled with godly values. I can answer, “I did,” to the question: “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies” (Proverbs 31:10). I know I am blessed beyond measure. ‘I have found the good thing and obtained favour from the LORD’ (Pro.18:22). Would I do it all again? Yes, but I would have started ten years earlier—Twenty-five to life isn’t long enough.

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