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You Don’t Know How Bad You Are Until You’re Married

The single life gives room for deception. When you are single, it’s possible to think you are better than you actually are.

Marriage and parenting removes the deceit. There are no questions—you are highly flawed.

If you are single, when you get tired of people, you can find alone time. Rarely are you seen at your most vulnerable. If you are wise, you can learn the times in which you should remove yourself from circumstances or situations which might tempt you to act in ungodly ways.

When you are married, not only do you not have the opportunity to escape, the people in your life will actually force you into potentially sinful situations without you even asking to be there. (See: You Won’t Change Until…)

Nothing reveals the sinfulness of humanity like marriage and parenting.

Before I was married, I knew I was broken. But I had no idea the extent of my brokenness until I had a family of my own.

The gift (and the curse) of family is that you can’t fake it with them. We can fake kindness, generosity, mercy, and forgiveness with others because we only have to fake it for a set period of time. However, with my wife and children I could never fake those emotions because I would have to fake them for an infinite amount of time. My wife and kids are always there. I can’t run to an empty room and hide—they will find me. I can’t take a day off and say, “I’m not going to be your husband or father today.” The roles are 24/7 and so they see my true character.

And it is often ugly. (See: Blessed Are the Married Who Mourn)

But this is the gift of marriage. Our true natures are revealed and we have the opportunity to truly change our hearts. The problem with faking life is that we can deceive ourselves into thinking we aren’t that bad. However, unless we know the depth of our problem, we can’t truly change. Marriage and parenting provide us the opportunity to change because it reveals to us our great need for change.

There are many areas where marriage and parenting reveal our need, but three specific areas are the most common. (See: Why We Are Afraid to Change)

Marriage and parenting reveal our:

1. Pride. We are so prideful we don’t even recognize the amount of pride we have. It’s impossible for us to fully appreciate its magnitude unless it is revealed to us. Marriage and parenting require a level of humility which clashes with our pride showing us how arrogant we are. (See: Pride, The Only Enemy of Marriage)

2. Selfishness. We want our way. Even the most laid-back, easy-going person desires to have things done their way. Marriage requires us to submit our desire to another. Parenting requires us to put our children’s best interests before our own. Both will reveal a depth of selfishness within our own hearts which we did not even know existed.

3. Insecurities. We are needy people. We are broken and because of our brokenness we attempt to protect our hearts. Yet marriage and parenting require us to invest our hearts. We can’t keep them hidden and be an effective spouse or parent. Both marriage and parenting show how insecure we are. No matter the aura we give at work or the reputation we have among others, we are all insecure people and the intimacy of marriage and parenting reveal those insecurities. (See: Never Try to Prove Yourself)

Marriage and parenting can reveal many things about us which we did not know, but our pride, selfishness, and insecurities are the most obvious. When these things are revealed, we have the opportunity to change.

4 Responses to You Don’t Know How Bad You Are Until You’re Married
  1. Waz up Reply

    Thank you for this moment of truth. A lot of times I have to look at my husband and say he’s still the same person I married, from way back when, even though he’s like a stranger in many new ways as the years roll on, and most of the time I just can’t stand him for it. On the other hand, I know I’m not perfect but most differences in me, from before to what is current, are modifications of changing for the better in myself that also reflects the needs of my family. I learned in church school at an early age, that the rule is JOY… Jesus, Others, then Yourself… that is the order for giving, which humbles you to peace no matter your status.

  2. Jon V Bubblews (@RockChalkInOP) Reply

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