I think the advice of wisdom is to approach your engagement with a well thought out and discussed strategy. Raymond and Estelle, young honeymooning couple, went to the popular Mexican destination, Cozumel. The fire of romance was extinguished for a few days by the fire of Montezumaʼs Revenge! Future generations will need your advice, either to follow or to avoid. Not with the passion of romance-but from the fire of the sun with a serious and third degree sunburn.
Plan engagements-our future and the future of our children depend on it. Martin Luther (one of the brightest lights in church history) got engaged and married on the same day! Another new bride thought it wise to relax with a glass or two of champagne. Having downed a glass or three, her husband exited the shower room on his wedding night, to find his new bride under the bed instead of on it. We might as well give them something good to follow (or we might give them something to grimace and laugh at). Another of my friends, Jake, honeymooned in a beautiful winter ski resort.
What we do is for Future Generations I often say this to young couples in their pre-marital counseling. This is about God and the generations that follow you.” Our dating, our engagements and our honeymoons are not only for us. We write a legacy by the way we date, the way we walk out our engagement and how we take our honeymoon. These future generations would learn and encounter his power by this.
Future generations will look to us in the way that we have conducted ourselves and what we have done. The Old Testament repeats this admonition, over and over.
Plan to avoid temptation and pray to stay away from temptation-Jesus told us to do so in the Lordʼs prayer. Plan like the future depends on it, ours and our childrenʼs. A lengthy engagement and the romantic moment got the better of my friends Julie and Timothy (not their real names). 10 weeks before their wedding, they had their first sex together and Julie got pregnant that night.
They, properly repented, and have continued on in the ministry and have a wonderful and broad field of service.
Israel repeated this pattern-generation after generation. Joshua won, following generations in Israel failed.
So, I managed my engagement without having sex-either with my future wife or with my sailing instructor co-worker.
That poor little kid was put out on the side of the road on the side of a west Texas highway.
Another pair of friends found themselves driving 60 miles an hour down the wrong side of the highway because of their amorous antics on the way from their reception to the honeymoon hotel. Speaking of planning: My friend Brad, tells the story of his pastor.
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