I see it everywhere.
Marry the guy who…”

Some are serious.
Others are silly.
Some lists are long.
Others are short.

But here’s the deal, sister.
I’m gonna give it to you straight.
Marry the guy who loves Jesus.
Because he’s the guy who will treasure you like the princess, the daughter of the Most High King, that you truly are. He’s the guy who will forsake his own path to follow His lead.
He’s the guy who will love you like Christ loved the church.
He’s the guy who will lead you well.
He’s the guy who will offer and accept forgiveness.
He’s the guy who will set his pride aside and seek humility.
He’s the guy who will turn to God before acting.
He’s the guy who will communicate clearly and openly.
He’s the guy who will give freely to others from the goodness of his heart.
He’s the guy who will be slow to anger and frustration.
He’s the guy who will commit to growing, becoming more like Him each day.
He’s the guy who will pray with you, and for you, without hesitation.
He’s the guy who will mess up—he’ll fail at every single one of these in all his imperfect glory—and own it.
And that’s okay.
Because all these lists we make that we think will add up to the perfect man?
They won’t.
Life is messy.
We all make mistakes.
But marrying a man who loves Jesus?
That’s where it’s at, girlfriend.
Because he may not be perfect.
But he’ll live his life chasing after the One who is.
And that, my friend, is all you could ever ask for.

Article originally appeared on Kisses From Boys with Krista Ward


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Krista Ward

Krista is a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom to three insanely precious little boys, Hudson, Jones, and Royce. She is married to her best friend and high school sweetheart, Randy, who is the peanut butter to her chocolate. Krista hopes to be a light and joy to the world, especially other mamas feeling stuck in the daily grind, through her writing.