5 Myths About Marriage You Don’t Want To Miss

Marriage is like driving a car. Even if you’re in the front seat, doesn’t mean you understand what’s going on under the hood.

But many times it’s the myths about marriage that mess marriage up before it even happens.

If you can de-construct these myths about marriage, it will help you make a wiser choice on whom to marry and do marriage once you say, “I Do.”

Myth #1 – Marriage is Work

There’s a lot of “marriage is work” talk being thrown around these days. Sure, marriage is not simple. But be careful believing marriage is work. This feels to me like marriage is this 8-5 drudgery where everyday you’re punching your own time card. Because for most of us we can’t wait to leave work.

Metaphors are powerful. Be careful what you’re comparing your marriage to because that very well might dictate your marriage. You will have to work at elements of your marriage, but marriage is not work.”

Marriage is play. Marriage is an adventure. Marriage is  partnership. Marriage is a creative incubator.

Create marriage metaphors that bring life, not drudgery. Whether you’re dating or married what do you want your relationship metaphor to be? Marriage is the metaphor that you make.

Myth #2 – Your Spouse is your Best Friend

Don’t force your spouse to be your best friend.

Yes, I do believe that your spouse should be your closet friend you’ve ever had. If friendship isn’t your foundation, when those first waves hit, your relationship’s sexy wall decor will be floating out to sea.

Yet, many of us are determined to make our spouse our best friend, which really means trying to mold and mash our spouse into acting the way we think a best friend should be.

Keep your best friends your best friends. Make the friendship with your spouse into an elite category of its own. Not solely based on your perspective and previous experience, but on what works for both of you.

Stop trying to re-print with your partner what you think a best friend looks like and start painting a new picture together.

“Your wife might not tell jokes like your college roommate did. Your husband might not talk for hours into the night like your best friend from home. That’s all right. Like drinking wine or a cup of coffee, they both might taste delicious but each will have an entirely different flavor.” – 101 Secrets For Your Twenties

Bonus secret about marriage: You only get weirder as you get older. If you can’t stand each other’s quirks now, you’ll be sleeping in different rooms later.

Myth #3 – Marriage Completes You

If you’re looking for a relationship to complete you, you will consistently feel very lacking. Your spouse is not God, magic genie, or unicorn with wish-granting abilities. Your spouse is human.

If you’re putting unrealistic mythical expectations on your relationship, it might end up more Greek tragedy than romantic comedy. A good relationship should not complete you; it should inspire and challenge you to work on filling in the cracks on a daily basis.

My wife can’t complete me and I don’t put heavy expectation on her. But my wife does give me the encouragement and strength to strive to be better every day. My wife gives me complete peace while I continually work on my incompleteness.

Bonus Dating Tip: As I wrote in 15 Questions You Need To Ask When Dating, “Is the person you’re dating like magnet trying to bring the best of you to the surface? Or are they trying to bury you under a pile of dirt? A spouse should be like a proficient gold miner, able to go beyond the surface to uncover the invaluable stuff underneath.”

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Myth #4 – Whom you choose to marry is the most important choice you’ll ever make

Choosing your spouse is extremely important. Choosing your spouse everyday after your wedding is even more so.

There are so many moments throughout the day when you have a choice to choose your spouse. Or not.

When you have a computer in front of you. When you start flirting with the co-worker. When you just consistently choose to stay at work a little later every night. Love is more an intentional choice than a tingly feeling.

Marriages don’t fall apart because of one big compromise. They fall apart due to a thousand small ones. Like a windshield crack, the longer you drive on without addressing the issue, the more shattered your relationship will become.

Bonus Relationship Question: Do the fights in your relationship have a point? Or are they just jaggedly pointed, jabbing each other over and over in the same tender spot? Stop focusing on the weeds on the surface and start digging up and removing the real problems.

Myth #5 – Marriage is a One-Time Thing

One of my mentors loves saying that he’s been married seven times to the same woman.

I never understood what he meant when I was single. Now, I get it.

Marriage is not static. It’s not a one size fits all pair of jeans that will always wear the exact same way. Your relationship will change because people change.

In marriage, you have to be willing to re-adjust and re-commit to new seasons. Sometimes that change is screaming in your face (a.k.a.., a newborn) And sometimes the change is more subtle and nuanced. It could be a promotion, a death, new life or a new city.

We have to adopt and grow as people, and so do our relationships.

The conditions in your marriage may change, but your commitment should not.

This article was written by Paul Angone and originally published on Used with permission.

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Yvonne I. Wilson is known for her prolific, dynamic leadership style with over twenty years in the healthcare industry. She is a trailblazer and a catalyst for change; a positive thinker and someone who is very passionate and optimistic about life. She is mantled as an end-time Apostolic Prophet with an extraordinary spirit of discernment, an exceptionally strong prophetic and healing anointing and a unique gift in prophetic intercessory prayer as she navigates through the realm of the spirit and as she ministers to the nations. With the Agape love of God and His undeniable purpose for which He has called her, God has given her a Prophetic Deliverance Ministry to bring deliverance to His people, to heal the wounded, rejected and emotionally scarred/broken in spirit, to break barriers, old paradigms and false teachings and to rebuild, establish and plant the things of God.

4 Comments on 5 Myths About Marriage You Don’t Want To Miss

  1. Hi, Yvonne Ma,am
    Thank you for your honest walk-through marriage myths. I love it and totally agree with all of it. The 7 Love Myths is amazing too. REALLY helped me see how to relate to my future partner in a much more effective way.

    • Hi Saurabh,

      Really happy to see you in my neighborhood once again and glad that you enjoyed the post. The more equipped we are with the strategies of how to treat our partner the more exciting the relationship would be and the longer it will last.

      Your future partner will be the happiest woman there is. God bless you with her when that time comes. Have a great weekend.

  2. Hi, Yvonne

    Many of us can relate to this post.
    I wish I had this post years back so that i could handle better. Marriage is hard work – to adjust the difference between two people who have different backgrounds, thinking, ideas, visions, and ways to handle things. The hardest thing of being in marriage is it involves with two . It will not work well if only one partner works on the marriage.

    It may be just my opinion only. At the beginning of the marriage, husband and wife may not be the best friends, but I believe we should be the best friends as we grow older in the marriage.
    – Stella

    • Hi Stella,

      Glad to have you here weighing in on this. Yes I agree that it would have been nice to have information such as this so that I too could have handled my marriage better. Nonetheless the post came in very useful recently as I was going through a bit of a rough patch.

      The article really helped to give me a better perspective and held me back from making a decision I would have regretted later on. It makes sense what the author is trying to convey in this message.

      Whichever way we look at it, two people have to do their part in making a marriage work. Also the friendship has to be one that is also unique and special to any other. With time the two most definitely will be each others’ best friend and mature and age together in their marriage.

      I really value your input. It has stimulated my thoughts to explore this even further. Have a great day/week.

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