A couple of weeks ago, I thought we were taking a picture. I twirled around, enjoying the grassy hills and the Pacific Ocean visible in the distance. But then he dropped on one knee and my hands went to my face.

Now we’re wedding planning—but more than that we’re marriage planning. I hold his hand as we ponder life-changing questions. What is the purpose of a marriage? What are the principles that will guide what we do, how we do it, and who we include?

The Westminster Shorter Catechism says that “Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” As we prepare for marriage, that has become our focus. The purpose of our marriage is to glorify God. And our marriage can do that by reflecting a major aspect of God’s character: He is love. (See 1 John 4:8).

I didn’t say yes because he’s cute, safe, or adventurous, though those things are true. I said yes because I feel that for me, I can glorify God even more effectively in this next season together with him than alone.

What are the yeses you are saying in your life right now? Why are you saying them? And what is the purpose of what you are doing? The purpose of your work, your relationships, your hobbies, and your goals?

And what does it look like to glorify God in those areas? What are the unique ways that you with all your quirks and tendencies can reflect God to others? And what unique seasons and spaces do you find yourself in right now (i.e. marriage, parenting, working) that allow you to demonstrate specific aspects of God’s character?

Lord, thank you for where you have me right now. Please give me wisdom in the decisions I’m making, that they would be for the purpose of your glory. Please also reveal more of your character to me, and reveal it through me as well.

Today's Challenge: Today, brainstorm one or two ways you uniquely reflect an aspect of God’s character in this season of your life. Are you a provider? A comforter? A lover? A friend?

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