It's that awkward situation where they're right there and I'm trying not to eavesdrop, but honestly want to just turn and stare at them while they're conversing with each other.
It's evident early in the conversation that this father is divorced from this teenage daughter's mom, and they begin discussing the parent's new relationships.
The dad begins telling the daughter, "Honestly, after kids, there's really no point to getting married."
Now let me say that I don't know this family's situation. I haven't been a part of their lives. Heck, I don't even know their names.
But I do know this. There IS a point to marriage.
There has been this trend in our culture for couple's to date for years and years, move in, live life together, and enjoy the physical intimacy of a relationship, and yet find no importance to take the step to get married.
Let me tell you something...you're missing out. I believe marriage isn't just our names on a certificate, a ceremony where I get to dress up in a pretty white gown and make out with my new husband every time people 'clink' against their glasses. And, contrary to what many people think about Christians' reasons to get married, it is definitely more than an excuse to have sex.
I believe the designed permanency of marriage facilitates what can be the most stretching and satisfying avenue for selfless love than can be found in any other relationship on this earth. It is a chance for me to respect my husband, and him to protect me in return. It is a deep deep knowing of another, the good and the bad, the annoying and the endearing. To walk through the struggles and victories of another's life: sharing the sorrow and celebrating the joy.
The Bible says that the love in a marriage should be a reflection of how Jesus loved the church, or people who believe in Him. He ended up laying down His life because of that love.
When our marriages reflect that kind of deep, passionate, and intimate love to the world, people don't see us - they see HIM. And in seeing him they can come to know the drawing, yearning love of our Savior.
I believe that is the point. And it's a beautiful one.