Recently I was reading about a couple that was about to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. I don't recall just where I read it but I do remember that I was very impressed and it made me start thinking about the wonderful institution of marriage ordained by our God Almighty.

Recently I was reading about a couple that was about to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. I don't recall just where I read it but I do remember that I was very impressed and it made me start thinking about the wonderful institution of marriage ordained by our God Almighty.

As Joyce and I rapidly approach our 36th anniversary (Has it really been that long?), it dawned on me that I have spent more than half of my life with the best friend God could have given any man. And that is about half the number of years of the couple mentioned above.

June, of course, is known as the month for weddings, so I thought I would take this space this week to approach the subject.

Divorce has always been a major problem in this nation. As a child, I remember it being discussed at church and hearing about it on TV. Even when I was growing up way back in the late 1950s and early 1960s it was being reported that 1 in 3 marriages in America wind up in the divorce courts.

I will openly admit that I am not always an optimist but most of the time I see that a half a glass of water is half full rather than half empty. If that's the case then doesn't it mean that if 1 in 3 marriages end in divorce that 2 out of 3 marriages are successful?

Attending church on any given Sunday it can be noted that there are many, many couples that have been together for 30 years or longer. They just don't seem to get the media hype and attention. People just seem to love to read about a juicy divorce especially if it involves an entertainer or a sports celebrity.

I guess reading about a successful marriage is dull and boring.

Looking back at the past 36 years, I don't know how I would have made it through the rough potholes of life without Joyce. Frankly, I believe it would have been almost impossible. At the dawn of creation, God saw that man needed someone to walk by his side and hold his hand through life.

If you ask anyone what the secret ingredient to a rock-solid marriage is they would probably answer – love. Of course that is the primary foundation on which a marriage is built. However, there is a word that is frequently left out and that's “commitment.”

When a man and woman marry they enter a binding contract in the eyes of God. The vows say it best “...for richer, for poorer; in sickness and health and forsaking all others until death do you part.”

That simply means forever and ever amen.

For me commitment wasn't that difficult even during the tough times. You see God not only sent me a wife but my best friend as well, all in one wonderfully packaged deal.