Marriage, Milo and Mardi Gras:

I have had a fascination with New Orleans and Mardi Gras for a while now - the colors, culture, music, food and free spirited nature of it all entices me. Which is why it is somewhat sad that I never visited during my two year stay in Louisiana.

However I am well aware that many of the goings on during Mardi Gras aren’t exactly Christian but I find it interesting to note that the season of Mardi Gras has its roots in Christianity ironically named “the ordinary time” in which one reflects Christ’s life and death and our own dying to self as well. (Romans 6-8)

This to me relates to the idea of marriage. IDK if y’all have been watching the new show “This is Us” - I haven’t. (I know sad.) But I did notice recently a stir surrounding Milo’s characters death. 

In many ways marriage and Christian daily living is dying to self. This kind of sacrificial love can be a captivating concept for many and rightly so since it mimics Christ’s unconditional love for us. 

However the daily grind of Christianity or marriage isn’t always so appealing. Christ tells us to take up our cross and follow Him. What a wonderful invitation and yet at the same time many of us forget that the symbol of the cross denotes suffering. 

Christianity can be one big party at times - we just celebrated our 35th Anniversary at Word of Life! Woo hooo!!!!! I can tell you from first hand experience however that the daily grind of those 35 years wasn’t always a party for my lovely parents. 

Christianity in its truest form is a daily reflection of Christ that transforms you into a more selfless being which is really the opposite of Mardi Gras or a party but in fact a true dying to self. We all know a wedding is just a starting point - marriage is the proving ground. Ups and downs are guaranteed in your marriage as well as your walk with God but if you continue to put him first I believe you will find it becomes easier to live a life of LOVE. 

LOVE - true love - not just romantic or appealing love - but true sustaining unconditional LOVE is the reason Christ came and the life God has called us to live. Let’s let the LOVE of God be our great quest in life for then we are truly living! 

John 13:34-35 

James 5:16 

Matthew 18:21-35 

Ephesians 5:21 

Happy Valentines Day! 

Love, Ash