marriage

Early adulthood is a stage in human
lifecycle that’s more enterprising. A stage to accomplish many responsibilities:
finding a home and mate, establishing a family and circle of friends, and
getting a job or engaging in economic activities to earn a living.  Finding
a potential mate stands out as the popular discussion- a period when youths
fantasize on
pretty moments in life when couples walk down the aisle to make simple but very
important pronouncements “yes I do”. Given the rate at which marriage vows are
broken, marriage preparedness is critical.

It’s sweet to be
loved and love back, to date, and have good times together with a potential
mate. However, most often than not, the discussion for these couples revolves
around “sweet nothings”-just to make the other party feel good and appreciated
without laying tangible issues on the table. Though being appreciated can’t be
ignored, more needs to be done for a healthy marriage. Couples should be real on
what future holds. Narrowing marriage to bedroom is a fallacy; a view held by
most of the young people. Marriage is an institution which requires thorough preparation
and maturity before couples are pronounced husband and wife. I am not
insinuating in any way, that, if well prepared, couples would not face
challenges. No! There are a myriad of issues in marriage, however,
well-informed couples can work through natural tensions and challenges that
every marriage goes through. There will be surprises, however, with adequate preparedness,
surprises and challenges can be turned to be opportunities for understanding
each other.

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God’s way of life
is preparation and planning, thus, young adults should diligently gather information
and plan for marriage. In Luke 14:28-30, the Bible says, “For which of you, intending to build
a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to
finish it—lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish,
all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not
able to finish.” Solomon advises David “Develop your business before
building a house (Proverbs 24:27). Building a house can be paralleled to (Exodus
1:21; Ruth 4:11) that speaks on founding a family.