There are three main reasons why your wedding anniversary should be important to you.
The first reason is that it’s important to God that men make a point of remembering and outwardly celebrating His blessings to them. In the Old Testament, God commanded His men to gather together 12 stones as a “remembrance” of miracles he performed for them (Genesis 31:1; Joshua 4:8; I Kings 18:31). Just as those men remembered God’s blessings to them and praised God for them, we need to remember our anniversaries, celebrate, and thank God for our wives. Anniversaries are milestones, opportunities to honor our wives and God.
Second, wedding anniversaries matter to our wives. And, guys, whatever is important to them, must be important to us, because God tells us to love our wives as Christ loves the Church, and even gave His life for her (Ephesians 5:25).
Finally, our kids are usually aware of our anniversaries, and they are watching. A man who honors his marriage, his wife, and God is showing his kids that their home is a secure place to be. They can count on him.
Wedding anniversaries matter. They’re a memento of a life shared.
To me, though, not just any date night works for an anniversary celebration. An anniversary calls for a special deal. This past year, for example, I took my bride of 13 years on a tour of all of the special places around town that had special meaning for us as a couple. We started at the restaurant where we went on our first date. We drove by the coffee shop that had been our favorite, on by the apartment where she lived when we first met, and where I lived when we met. I took her to the place where I proposed to her.
At each spot, we stopped to talk and walk around a while, remembering all of the memories sparked by that spot and the surrounding area. It was a great time of remembering and celebrating because it was planned in advance, and intentional.
My wife has already begun to remind me that our next anniversary isn’t too far off, and she’s looking forward to it. So, I’m working up a plan for this next one now. Although I don’t know exactly what it’s going to look like yet, it will be good because I know who I will be celebrating with, and she knows I’m planning ahead.
What about you guys? Does your wife know you are planning now for your next anniversary celebration? What do you do to demonstrate your thankfulness to God for your wife?