Any given sunday

Any Given Sunday

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In football, any team who has the best record or has the number one spot can be beat by the worst team on any given Sunday. Mature head coaches understand the uncertainty of their team winning or losing regardless who’s worse or who’s first. Look at the Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. No one really expected Seattle to win, they were the underdogs and yet not only did they beat Denver, but humiliated them before millions of viewers on the most anticipated Sunday of the New Year.

Marriage is somewhat the same way. Anything can happen on any given Sunday. Life is real and if we put our marriage on auto pilot we can lose to an underdog who we didn’t take seriously. Sometimes we can become haughty in our marriage because we were racking up a lot of victories i.e. bills paid on time, kids on their best behavior, great communication between husband and wife, great sex life, etc. So we start to look down on married couples who are struggling in certain areas because we don’t deal with the issues they are facing now.

Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall -1 Cor. 10:12

I’ve been married to the same woman for thirteen years now, and life happens. Within the thirteen years of our marriage, my wife lost her mom to cancer in 2012 and I lost my father in 2007 from a stroke. Rarely do we know how to handle a tragedy and it can wreak havoc in a marriage if the two of you aren’t strong enough. When tough times arise in a marriage you don’t know how your spouse might react. If you are married, everyday won’t be peaches and cream. There will be times when you and your spouse don’t see eye to eye on every decision. True unconditional love will cost you something. See why more than half of all marriages end in divorce?

I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time. People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy.  –Eccl. 9:11-12

Any given Sunday, a spouse might want a divorce, our parents get sick, our kids transition to the rebellious teenage years, we can lose our job. I’m not trying to rain on your parade but in this life we will have trouble (John 16:33) but Jesus have overcome the world! It’s vital that we put our faith and trust in Jesus because we live in a fallen world. That’s why even after marriage Jesus should still be first in our personal life before our spouse and children. He’s the only one who can hold us in times of trials and tribulations. When we deal with tragedy, even God uses that so we can comfort others (2 Cor. 1:4)

Just like the mature head coach in football who been through both the good and bad seasons, will always tell his winning team never take any game for granted or look down on a team because they are having a losing season, you can lose on any given Sunday…

The reason I write this blog because I feel married couples give false hope to singles. We have drawn this perfect picture of marriage on social media, when the single person enters marriage and they have a tough time with their spouse, they are ready to quit because no one told them adversity comes with marriage. We take selfies with our spouse on Facebook but never share any of our shortcomings when we have a chance to speak about the reality of marriage to the single person who desire to marry.

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Shon Hyneman

Single Father, Mentor, Blogger. The author of 5 books and founder of Never Again Ministries, a place where we can walk through life together. Shon also hosts of The Doctor of Love Show Podcast where he discusses real topics on relationships in a spiritual and practical way so you can apply it to your everyday life. You can subscribe to The Doctor of Love Show Podcast on Stitcher, iTunes, iHeartRadio and Google Play