I recently discovered an article about an unusual competition that takes place in Maine called The World Wife Carrying Contest. In the race, a husband carries his wife throughout the entire course. This year, a couple from Helsinki, Finland took first place with a time of just under 53 seconds.

As you might well imagine, the rules of the race state that a husband must carry his wife the entire length of the course made up of multiple hurdles, sand traps and a water hole. Congratulations to the winning couple!

In many ways, this obstacle course metaphorically alludes to the difficulties that couples face in their marriages today. When people get married, they say, “For better or worse, for richer and poorer, in sickness and in health…” However, too often couples forget about those vows, and when a few obstacles or trials enter the scene, too many couples throw in the towel.

The Bible says, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”(James 1:12)

So, if you are encountering a few hurdles in your marriage today—hang in there and keep running…victory may be just around the corner. Likewise, if you face tough times in other areas of you life, remember to remain steadfast!
Have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D