Spring is here and wedding season is upon us!
How exciting for the moms and dads who finally get to see their daughters off…
What a dream for all the friends who get to witness and support the love and commitment between the bride and groom….
How blessed the pastors who happen to be the last detail on the bride’s to-do list, right after “call florist,” and “purchase dog-friendly ring-bearer materials for Fido.”
Ok, lets face reality……you are probably reading this because you, your very self, are a bride!!!
- You’ve concentrated 10+ years dreaming about it,
- YOU have been officially planning on Pinterest for at least a year or more,
- It’s your dress, your pictures, YOUR fairy tale come to life!
Maybe….. or maybe each wedding magazine, all the Bridal Blogs, and every “going to the chapel”-related episode on TLC have missed the point.
Maybe it’s not all about the bride.
Before you get angry and punch your computer screen, remember you’ll need it later to check “The Knot” for your wedding check-list…. also, save the steam coming out of your ears to press your gown for the big day (it’ll save you some cash for the honeymoon).
If you are still here, allow me to comfort you in saying that your wedding is mostly about you, just not completely.
If you are a Christian, then you have become a child of God. As a daughter of the King of kings, you are His beautiful princess. On so many levels, you should be celebrated!!! Also, this event which unites two people in covenant should be commemorated and recognized in a way that says “this matters!!!”
Unfortunately, many weddings are planned in a way that ignores the One who makes it all matter. So many brides fail to fill out an invitation for the King of kings.
Even if God is invited to a wedding, does He take center stage? Does His goodness receive as much honor as the wedding cake?
I’m not suggesting you hang a big poster of John 3:16 above the alter; I’m just asking where God’s place is in your wedding. Have you have intentionally included the Savior Who intentionally included you in His wedding ceremony?
(see Ephesians 5; more on this later.)
As you begin to plan your wedding, make a point to put this command at the top of your goals list:
“So whether you eat or drink (or have an indoor or outdoor wedding), or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
With all the overwhelming wedding planning information out there, can the daughters of God change the Top Wedding Trends list of 2014 to include “Glorify God”?
But HOW does a bride do this? Here are some helpful questions to get you started:
- When you look at your wedding plans, who or what is center stage?
- How can you honor God privately (in your personal walk with Him) in this time of planning your wedding and marriage?
- How can you honor God publicly in this time of planning? How about at the wedding ceremony?