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Saturday, May 04, 2013

So when the Bible tells you to marry...

Mitt Romney: "Launch Out Into The Deep" - Southern Virginia University

At 5:44 "So when [the bible] tells you to marry, listen"

You can live an abundant life.

At 10:43 "children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward...Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them [Psalm 127:3-5]"

"Serving God takes us into the deepest waters of life"

"Hard work, ennobling work.  ...

On this topic of your career, I have some news that you may find disappointing: I don't think God cares whether you get rich. I don't think He hopes that your business will make a huge profit. I know a lot of religious people who think God will intervene to make their investments grow, or get them a promotion. Or make their business a success. 
But life on this earth is about learning to live and work in a place where God does not make everything work out for good people. We learn through our study, our effort, our choices and, yes, by our failures as well as by our successes. Your worldly success will partly be a function of your choices and capabilities, but it will also be subject to the vagaries of life and to chance.  
Fortunately, our relationship with God depends on none of that. It's entirely in our control. For He is always at the door and knocks for us. Our worldly success can't be guaranteed. But our ability to achieve spiritual success, is entirely up to us, thanks to the grace of God.  
The best advice I know is to give those worldly things your best but never your all; reserving the ultimate hope to the only one who can grant it. 
Now in addition to your marriage and children and your occupation and serving God and becoming closer to Him, you have some other unique opportunities to jump into the deep waters of life. 
You only live one life, don't spend it in safe, shallow water. Launch out into the deep. If you meet a person you love, get married, have a quiver-full of children if you can. Give more to your occupation than is expected. Serve God by serving his children. Seize any opportunity that might come along that will expand your mind and challenge your abilities.  
Living life to the fullest, venturing into the deep waters of life, promises an abundance of experience and joy. Forty years on, you'll smile with satisfaction, anxious for the next chapter in your life story. God bless each of you, and God bless this country. 

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