Have you ever wondered why every youth minister you’ve ever met refers to his or her spouse as the most attractive member of the opposite sex ever created? You know that it’s true. But how is it possible?
Could it be that God rewards those who dedicate their lives to youth ministry by graciously making an attractive spouse His sweetest gift while fulfilling the promise of Mark 10:28-30? Jesus said,
“Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.
Perhaps. And if that is the case I will never cease to praise His goodness, nor will any of my brothers and sisters in youth ministry. God is so good, and it is pure joy to delight in His creation! Amen? But perhaps there are two other reasons why our spouses are hotter than doughnut grease…
- We have learned, through dedication to Gospel truth, to count our blessings – and our spouses are among the greatest blessings we could ever experience. They pray for us more than we could imagine, they listen to us when we need to vent, and they make innumerable sacrifices so that we can minister to teens. They are the most generous people we know, and provide a clear reflection of the generosity of God – who can never been outdone in generosity! And, more importantly:
- We have received grace to see our spouses as He does. Every single one of us is God’s favorite; we all know that. But when it comes to our spouses, we know them so well and appreciate them so much that we are actually able to see how amazing they are – not only with our eyes, but also with our hearts. We know their attractiveness: a powerful synthesis of inner and outer beauty.
So, if you want to marry the most attractive person in the universe, you might want to consider a career in youth ministry. Or you might want to pray to see others as God sees them. Or maybe you will consider both options.
(P.S. To those who have a problem with us calling our spouses ‘hot’ and who might think that we are objectifying them – we aren’t! We are just trying to put into culturally relevant language a reality that is beyond words: the fact that our spouses are not only on fire with the Holy Spirit, but that they also emanate a sexiness that only comes through holiness!)