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Email of the Day: I Got Marriage Advice When I Was Five Years Old

By Dr. Laura on January, 8 2021
Email of the Day: I Got Marriage Advice at Age Five

When I was five, I had a great piece of advice given to me about marriage.


I broke my leg learning to snow ski, so my parents carried me up to the Sunday school room about a half hour before church so I could settle in before all the other kids arrived. My pastor came in, sat down to pray for me, and then stared at me for about a minute. Then he said โ€œDarrin, a manโ€™s greatest asset or deficit is the woman he marries.โ€ He then gave me a hug, and went to greet more families.


At the time, since I was only five, I was not interested in girls, truly not looking at marriage, and did not know the meaning of the words deficit and asset. I was afraid to ask my mom about โ€œasset,โ€ as it sounded like a bad word!


I dated nine girls from high school through college โ€“ some great, some just out of selfish desire, but I never got serious because the pastorโ€™s words always rang in my ears. My senior year in college, I felt called to be a Childrenโ€™s Ministries Pastor. Looking back, none of those women I dated would have been able to put up with the hours, moves and salaries (or lack thereof). But my wife has. She felt called to be a missionary in her teen years. So MY advice (like yours) is to choose wisely!



I Got Great Marriage Advice When I Was Five Years Old



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