Mark Zuckerberg has been all over the news the past few weeks. The founder of FACEBOOK has dominated the headlines as his company began selling stock on Wall Street and according to some accounts, Zuckerberg may have lost five billion dollars of assets in the process. All that stuff is another language to me so I'm kind of baffled. In other incredibly related news, Zuckerberg somehow showed up in a Chinese police film advertisement in a crowd scene: I can't believe that was coincidental. Everything he does makes news and since FACEBOOK has become polarizing in some ways, he is a public figure many have strong opinions about. I do know FACEBOOK has changed my life in the past thirteen months and without Mark Zuckerberg, no FACEBOOK. It is amazing how people we will never meet can impact us indirectly and directly.
But this isn't about FACEBOOK or Wall Street or the Chinese government or even TIMELINE for those who still don't like the change. Two weeks ago, Mark Zuckerberg did something I really admire- he renounced bachelorhood. He married his Harvard sweetheart, the lovely Priscilla Chan. (I have to admit my bias and tell you I believe women of Asian descent are very beautiful.) The bride is tremendously accomplished in her own right, becoming Dr. Chan scant days before the nuptials. The ceremony was a surprise as the invited guests believed they were coming to celebrate Priscilla's completion of medical school. The press has made a big deal of her wedding dress and wedding ring, a red ruby instead of a traditional diamond. There have been sightings of the newlyweds on their honeymoon in Europe where they seem to be blending in quite nicely with the locals while they would be hard pressed to have any sense of privacy in public back here in their native land. Do you know what I like? They seem to be as normal as any recently married couple in spite of their fame, primarily his but increasingly hers, as well.
I tell my students the first institution put in place by God was marriage way back in Genesis 2, you know, 'a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife.' I was working this morning on Charlotte's wedding ceremony. Charlotte played basketball for me and in October will be wed to Tyler who I have yet to meet but I am honored they asked me to perform the wedding. I'm always impressed as I put my part of the celebration together just how many truths are in the Word of God concerning marriage and its sanctity, from 'it's not good for man to be alone' to ' thou shalt not commit adultery' to the church being called 'the bride of Christ' in a spiritual sense. One of the best thoughts on men and marriage comes from Proverbs 18, verse 22:
'He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and gets favor from the Lord.'
We know who penned that gem, none other than Solomon, a guy who knew just a little bit about wealth himself. At the risk of being presumptuous, let me try to frame Solomon's words in 2012 as it concerns our story tonight: When Mark Zuckerberg founded FACEBOOK, he made billions of dollars. When he found Priscilla, he became rich..... and rich is always better than just having money.
Applicable quote of the day:
"A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day."
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