Today is our 3 year wedding anniversary! God has been so good to us over these past 3 years. I remember when we were engaged and someone would say "You're too young to get married!" or "You should finish college before you get married" and comments of the like...we respectfully disagree with them. Those who choose to marry young have the best chance of celebrating 50+ anniversaries.
We were only 20 & 24 when we were married and I still had another year left in college. Our society has taught us that education, age and bank accounts will determine the success of your marriage - God's word says differently. Proverbs 5:18b says "...and rejoice in the wife of your youth." In 2 Corinthians 7:9b Paul says "...For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion." (Quoted in the English Standard Version)
Over the past 3 years, we've learned how to live on a budget and trust God for his daily grace and provision (and we've completely paid off our college debt!). And as our world's economy is showing...we can't put our marriage in the hands of a "stable job" because you could lose your job tomorrow. No...age, education, and/or jobs (money) aren't the criteria for a successful marriage. Rather, it's a daily dependence on a faithful God - And any married or single person needs God's grace in their lives no matter how young or old they are!
Aaron and I believe the same truth that we believed when we decided to get married so young...We both married sinners and know that we will sin against one another. Yet, because of God's great grace towards us through the Cross, we also can forgive each other and live in the goodness of a Gospel-centered life.
***The picture above is one of our engagement pictures in which Aaron does look quite young (not that either of us look old now).