Dear Dr. Laura,
I understand the statistics and reasoning behind recommending one be more mature when they marry. I have seen the value of that decision. However, I have also seen couples who wed in their early 20’s, including me and my husband, who because of their commitment to each other and to God have thrived in their marriages. One issue of waiting until later is the sexual desire is so strong that many will succumb to the carnal nature, leaving a trail of woe in its wake. I believe it’s truly about character and commitment, more than age. I have witnessed nasty breakups of couples who were older when they married, so there is a much stronger component than age.
Before we married in 1970, I received a “word picture” of a triangle. The Lord is at the apex and my husband and I were at the side corners. As long as we stayed on the path drawing closer to Him, we also drew closer to each other. That has been the foundation of our marriage and one which we have shared with countless couples.
Thank you very much for all you do to promote healthy families.
Take good care