My husband and I met on a private flight from TXK to SLC in 2010. He was the pilot for the Cirrus SR22 the company we worked for owned. I was a passenger.
Over the course of our courtship, our careers afforded us the opportunity to fly a lot of places together on a private airplane.
Flying private was a luxury we couldn’t afford on our own salaries, so when we traveled outside of work, we went commercial. Coach to be exact.
There are perks to flying on a private airplane that you really miss when you’re stuck in Coach.
• You fly on your own schedule.
• You skip security lines and pat downs.
• You get to pick your own snacks and consume them when you feel like it.
• You can stop along the route at various destinations.
• You pick the in-flight movies.
• You often get free ice cream and other great snacks at the FBOs.
• No one weighs your bag and makes you move things around to avoid paying overweight baggage fees.
• Your suitcases always arrive when you do.
• The sunrises, sunsets, and private tours of mountain ranges and valleys are unbeatable.
• You get to make out with the pilot between stops.
Okay, maybe the last perk was unique to our situation. But it was my favorite at the time.
In short, there are at lot of luxuries you get flying on a private plane that you don’t get on a commercial flight, especially stuck in Coach.
The same is true in marriage. When you first get married, chances are, you take advantage of those luxuries.
Little notes on the bathroom mirror. Holding hands in public and giggling at one another’s jokes. Flowers … just because. Bragging about your new spouse to friends and colleagues. Date nights to keep the embers burning. Seeing the dishes left in the sink and the clothes piled on the floor as a cute difference between your personalities. Talking about your dreams and future goals.
Then life happens. The dissatisfaction of how you expected things to go and the reality of where life is at sets in. You start taking the luxuries for granted. Before you know it, instead of enjoying the perks of your marriage, you’re stuck in Coach.
Been there. Done that.
The reality is, the tools are out there to make your ordinary marriage feel extraordinary again.
If you’re good settling for a marriage stuck in Coach, hats off to you. But if you’re ready to enjoy the luxuries God designed for your marriage, today is the last day to register for the ReEngage | Enrich Your Marriage at Trinity Baptist Church that starts this Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. We still have room for TWO couples to join us.
2 Corinthians 13:11 reminds us, “Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”