It’s Wednesday, the day when we talk marriage! I introduce a topic, and then you follow up either by commenting or by writing your own post and then linking up!

Today I want to do something different. Instead of writing a long post on why marriage is important, I thought I’d just post this really well-done 2 minute video clip. Watch it!

That’s the truth. Too many people think that “living together” is good practice for marriage, because when you live together, you learn about each other. But living together and marriage actually have very little in common. When you’re married, it’s based on a commitment. I’m not going anywhere. I’m going to learn to love you. I’m going to learn to consider your needs.

Living together, on the other hand, is based on “testing”. Is he meeting my needs? Is he making me feel loved? And when you’re always testing, he’ll always fail.

That’s also why, in my opinion, marriages that follow cohabitation are 70% more likely to fail than marriages where the couple did not live together first. The relationship didn’t start out in this testing mode.

For a marriage to work, commitment has to be at the root. When it’s just about “love”, or “feeling good”, or “making my needs met”, it won’t work. Cohabitation is only about feelings, not commitment. You need the promise to keep a relationship together.

I wish more couples understood that. So spread that video around! Hit “share on Facebook” below, or “share on Twitter”. Thanks!

Now, what advice do you have for us today? Write your own Wifey Wednesday post that links back to here, and then leave the link of THAT POST in the Mcklinky below. Thanks!