I heard about a woman who went to a lawyer and said she wanted a divorce. The lawyer got out his notepad and said, “Do you have any grounds?” She said, “Yes, we have about ¾ of an acre.” He paused for a moment and said, “Well, do you have a grudge?” She said, “No, but we do have a lovely carport.” He thought a moment and said, “Well, does he beat you up?” She said, “No, I get up before he does every morning.” Finally, the lawyer said, “Lady, why do you want to divorce your husband?” She said, “Because he can’t carry on an intelligent conversation.”
This woman saw divorce basically the same way we see marriage today, that it’s no longer a sacred covenant, it’s just another contract.
Somebody has said that today marriage starts out as an “ideal”, then it becomes an “ordeal”, and then you start looking around for a “new deal”. But what you’re not told is, that oftentimes the “new deal” is really “no deal”. People don’t have a whole lot of success running from unhappy marriages. While 40% of first marriages end in divorce, 60% of second marriages and 75% of third marriages end in divorce.
I heard about a judge who was trying to change the mind of a woman filing for divorce. He said, “Ma’am, you’re 92 years old. Your husband is 94. You’ve been married for 73 years. Why are you giving up now?” She said, “Well, our marriage has been on the rocks for quite a while, but we decided to wait until the children died.“
As Jesus says, “What God has joined together, let no one separate” Matt. 19:6.
A perfect marriage is just two imperfect people
Who refuse to give up on each other.