By Michael Tidwell
Crista and I met at Winter Youth Retreat in 1998. I must admit, I was stricken by her at first sight. There was something so graceful and lady like about her. After WYR, I’m not sure if she thought she would ever see me again but it was not long until I made the six hour journey to the little town that she was from. This past March, we celebrated twelve years of marriage. I am thankful for the wonderful marriage that God has given to us and by His Grace I trust it will remain that way. Unfortunately, there are many Christians whose marriages are like drama on steroids. They have enough drama to keep a TV soap opera busy for many years. Why is this often the case? The answer is simple. The marriage is not Christ centered instead it is me centered. I once heard a true story of a woman who was considering leaving her husband because the spark was no longer there. She called her dad to talk to him about it and was hoping that she would receive his approval. After she spilled out her heart and shared with her father that she was not happy any more, he spoke to her gently but sternly. “I did not raise you to do what makes you happy, I raised you to do what is right.” You might say, you are over simplifying a subject that can be very complicated. Not really, it is human beings that complicate the God given institution called marriage. If a husband and wife are truly in love with Christ, then that love will flow over into their marriage. A older man once gave Crista and I the following advice. “A successful marriage is like a triangle. As long as you are both moving toward the top point, which represents Christ, then you are not only getting closer to God but to each other.”
Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. Ephesians 5:33 KJV
I’m the son of the King. My wife’s a daughter of a King. How would I treat that King’s daughter? How would she treat that King’s son? See what I mean? Be real genuine. – Bro. William Branham
Michael and his wife Crista, are blessed to have three beautiful children (Noah, Gracie, Luke). They live in the middle TN area and attend Eagle Christian church. He counts it a honor to be involved with Eagle’s View, BYC and serving as a evangelist. They enjoy being outdoors, traveling and above all serving the Lord.