11 differences dating and marriage

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Contrary to popular belief, there is a thick NOT thin line between marriage and dating relationships. Anyone who knows me has heard me say, shoot, at least a dozen times two times that I think one of the most underrated causes of divorce is the fact that too many people "act married" in their dating dynamics before ever jumping the broom. Another way to look at what I'm saying is, the way a lot of us act in before-I-do relationships, it actually teaches us how to divorce rather than how to remain in a marriage until death parts us from our spouse more on this in a bit.

And you know what? I actually think that's a huge part of the reason why so many folks dismiss the sacredness of the marital union and instead, take on the attitude of, "I mean, if it doesn't work out, just end it and find someone else"…because that's what happens when we date. While being in a serious non-marital relationship is nothing to be flippant about and it indeed holds a lot of value, for the sake of doing all that I can to prevent future walks down the aisle from turning into two individuals later standing before a judge, I wanted to take a time to shout the magnitude of marriage out.

For those who are considering it. For those who are engaged. And for those who are married , so that we all can bring the beauty, purpose and gravity of marriage—back. Marriage Is a Contract Shutterstock. I'll never forget something that a husband of over a couple of decades once told me.

He said, "One of the hardest things about being married is trying to see the relationship as sexy when your spouse is also your business partner. Marriage is just a piece of paper" line when they were talking to me about their girlfriends. I loathe that statement just about as much as that, "If you like it, I love it" thing that a lot of people say. That said, I will say that it is definitely well worth your time to do some research on how marriage s came to be. Long story short, we didn't even use them in America until the s and it was actually to keep tabs on interracial couples the more you know, right?

You can about that here. That's why some people prefer to go with a marriage certificate than an actual . That's another article for another time. For now, though, since an overwhelming majority of people go the marriage route, and a , by definition, is "formal permission from a governmental or other constituted authority to do something" and "a certificate, tag, plate, etc.

Marriage comes with a contract. ed contracts are nothing to take a casual attitude about. If you're someone who is a bible follower, it's worth checking out what Matthew , I Corinthians and Malachi has to say about God's views on divorce.

It says, " When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; for He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed—better not to vow than to vow and not pay. It's a direct quote from Matthew ? This speaks to two people being ed, by God, in marriage. This means that the vows they are saying to each other, they are saying to him as well. This means that if they break said vows, it's not just to their partner. God is in the mix too. That's pretty heavy. Yet even if you're not a bible-based person, vows are still a really big deal. It's literally "a solemn promise, pledge, or personal commitment".

Some of y'all might remember India. Arie's song " Promises " from back in the day. Yeah, while some of y'all might not sit well with the word "obligation", that doesn't make the reality any less true because when you're obligated to something, it means that it's "something by which a person is bound or obliged to do certain things, and which arises out of a sense of duty or from custom, law, etc.

There is definitely a sense of duty that comes with the custom of marriage. No doubt. There is the obligation to remain faithful. There is the obligation to make each other the top priority, no matter what. Husbands traditionally have an obligation to provide and protect. Wives traditionally have the obligation to be their husband's strong support system and partner. Spouses don't do this stuff just because they feel like it; it comes with being married.

If in your mind you're like, but I am seeing someone and I do these things too—I get that. However, you aren't obligated too. For instance, if the understanding in your relationship is that the two of you aren't going to see other people, that is a choice, not exactly an obligation because if your partner finds out, all they can really do is break up with you. A divorce is far more complicated than a break-up. Then there are the rights that come with marriage.

Married couples can file t tax returns. If a divorce transpires, alimony typically comes into play. Spouses can inherit their spouse's property should they die. Should they pass on, they can also collect their spouse's Social Security, pension, worker's compensation, or disability benefits. This is because a marriage basically obligates the government to uphold these kinds of things. A dating dynamic never has these kinds of things coming into play. Another thing that makes the two statuses worlds apart.

I do strive to be a bible follower myself, so something that I take no issue with is submission umm, because it is biblical. Ephesians 5, Titus 2, Colossians , I Peter It's a part of the reason why I don't consider myself to be a feminist; I am a complementarian also another discussion for another time. However, what I will say is I'm not an advocate of women submitting to someone that they date.

For what? A requirement is a request made that comes with a certain level of authority and yes, I think that applies in marriage. When we see someone with a wedding band on, it ifies that there is someone in their life who comes before all others and with that understanding, they are things that they both can ask for that no other kind of relationship can. I'm not gonna get into what those things are because every marriage is different. What I will say is if you ask any husband or wife you know if there are obligations in the relationship, I'd be shocked if they said "no".

Unfortunately, something that I see far too often in some of the marriage sessions that I have are people who don't want to make sacrifices to make their relationship work. It's like the moment things get too difficult, they're out—again, like their spouse is a boyfriend or girlfriend rather than a husband or wife.

I don't know one marriage that has lasted for longer than the traditional seven-year itch that hasn't made some major sacrifices. It could be professional, financial, ones that are related to in-laws or friends—the list goes on and on. Shoot, sometimes the sacrifice is wanting to end the marriage and yet deciding to stay in it for the sake of the kids yet one more discussion for another time.

Maybe it's wanting to live in one state or country and not being able to do it because the spouse isn't interested. Let me tell it, one of the best things about being single is there aren't continual sacrifices that have to be made for the sake of another person unless you are a single parent, of course.

That's not saying that I don't respect the sacrifices that are made in marriage. After all, a sacrifice is "to surrender or give up, for the sake of something else". All I'm saying is, singleness provides the opportunity to be more selfish—in the solely focused on yourself sense—than marriage ever allows. And if you're not emotionally mature enough to see how sometimes giving up what you want for the greater good of someone else and the relationship that you're in with them is necessary, you are far better off not getting married.

Until you do. Yep, I said "selfish" and that's the word I'm sticking with because being selfish is all about being self-consumed—and that is something that you can't afford to be in marriage, including in the bedroom. As I once heard someone say on a television show that escapes me at the moment , "When you get married, you exchange 'I' for 'we'" and that will preach a thousand sermons. And it's definitely one of the things that we have to keep in mind, should we choose to be sexually active prior to marriage.

Here's what I mean by that. Remember how I said that the way a lot of us date—meet someone, "fall" in love, give our all, break up, rinse and repeat…over and over again—teaches us how to divorce because it desensitizes us from what it means to see marriage in a totally different light? Sex can do that too, if we're not careful. We'll be out here, single, having sex solely for our pleasure and sometimes if our partner wants to , without really thinking about the purpose beyond sex other than our own personal gain.

Then, once we get married and realize, "Oh, sex should be a staple in the relationship", we will find ourselves struggling. It happens all of the time. It's to help drive home the point that if marriage kicks a relationship up some notches, sex in marriage most definitely does too. Let's end this on a biblical and then spiritual for the non-biblical people note. When it comes to the Bible, there is only one relationship in the Good Book that defines it in the form of oneness—and marriage is it.

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