Just very recently, my wife and daughter (Michele and Juliana) made it into our local paper. They are the ones in the second picture.
Aren't they adorable!!!
As important as my relationships are with them, I always need to remember that God is more important to me than they are. I am thankful and constantly need to be reminded that I am married to my wife because of God and I am a father because of Him.
In the Catholic Church, marriage is a sacrament. If you asked most Catholics, they probably wouldn't know what that means. I know it's easy for me to forget at times. Some may talk about the wedding or the honeymoon but it's more than that.
God has a love for me that knows no ends. He knows me better than my wife, my daughter, my mother, or my father. He knows every hair on my head and He wants me to better understand my love for Him and His love for me. Which is why marriage and family are so important. Through my wife and daughter, I have a much better understanding of God's love for me. Through the intimacies, the joy, sorrow, and the pains, I learn about His love every day. Every day my daughter looks into my eyes with unconditional love that words can't express, I learn that I need to learn to love God that way....and sometimes it's difficult.
In my previous post, I mentioned that placing God in the center of your life is a decision that needs to be made on a daily basis. Some of my Protestant brothers would probably disagree with this as they may believe that once saved always saved. That all we need to do is accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and we are saved.
I believe it takes more. Saying otherwise would be like me telling my wife that I love her on our wedding day and then feel that I don't need to put forth any effort into the marriage after that. She would be very angry. A marriage takes work as any married person should know. And our relationship with God is so much more important than our marriage.