Not long ago, my social media exploded with the news that a high-profile couple had announced their divorce. This power couple had established a following as “relationship gurus,” with books, websites, videos, podcasts, numerous guest appearances and endorsements, and a very expensive “couple’s conference.” People who had bought into their empire felt betrayed, lied to, and confused.
The idea that “if this couple, who did date night, counseling, regular couple getaways, had a strong friend group, nary a financial worry, an army of trainers, house staff, and yet all their relationship ‘wisdom’ failed at marriage, why should the rest of us even try?” was expressed in many different forms of social media comments.
But when I heard the news, I wasn’t surprised. Not because “I could see it coming,” but because I’ve learned how easy it is for anyone to fail, even (or maybe especially) in their area of expertise.
For most of my adult life, I’ve been the person who just wanted to be handed the formula or the program for success. I wanted to be told “do this, that, and the other; and don’t do this other stuff, and you will have a great [marriage, financial situation, family, relationship with God, career, etc.].” I didn’t want the responsibility of doing my own research, making my own mistakes, and working out my own faith/path.
As you can imagine, this is a great recipe for disappointment. More than once, the gurus have failed. So let me summarize my learning here for you:
This may seem like spiritual advice for practical matters, and it is—because even practical matters involve faith, and in order for faith to endure, it needs to be rooted in truth.
1. Philippians 2:12 TLB
2. See Matthew 7:24–27.
3. See Romans 8:38–39.