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Sho Baraka

Gallup recently released some statistics showing that married people have a higher well-being index than people of other relationship statuses.


What does that mean in laymen’s terms? The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index includes emotional health, physical health, mental health, as well as workplace performance.

When I stumbled upon this information I was quite bewildered because this study seems to suggest an inverted perspective of what contemporary culture thinks of committed relationships.

I don’t find myself being overwhelmed with films and stories that celebrate healthy marriages. I actually have to scavenge the four corners of mass media to find buried treasure of marriage celebration. Countless people have been swindled into believing marriage is an archaic custom that has little merit in today’s popular culture.

Marriage is not some intrinsic happiness that makes everything kosher. It is a daily exercising of selflessness to your partner that can often be draining. It’s not easy. It can be extremely hard.

However, it can be exactly the joy God intended it to be when He saw that man needed companionship. And it was good!

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Christian Hip Hop Artist, Sho Baraka, on Fatherhood and Marriage  was originally published on