Just a quick reminder again that we won’t be having any posts on Saturday or Sunday. I’ll be back on Monday with day 11.
“I vow to love you.”
Doesn’t that sound simple? It does, and yet when you consider the characteristics of love you see that there’s nothing simple about it. Love is so much more than emotion and far more than three words.
I should have known this when I fell in love with Michael. I had memorized most of 1 Corinthians chapter thirteen, and went on to win the pizza party in Sunday School. Didn’t that prepare me? Didn’t I know that love was more about giving than it was about feeling?
I did and I didn’t. My head knew, but my heart wasn’t sent the message.
Let me explain.
A while back, I got together with a few friends to study the Bible. Before the meeting we were all given a little blurb that we were asked to read so we could talk about it. Simple enough. On the way there I asked Michael what he was thinking about the topic.
“Well,” he said, “I’m kind of surprised because I think this is pretty basic stuff. I’m not sure what to think.”
About five minutes into the study someone else echoed the same words. Why were we studying something so basic? This wasn’t new to any of us.
By the end of the night we all got the picture. We understood exactly why God was leading us down this path. It wasn’t because we needed more knowledge, it was because we needed to bring the message from our head down to our heart.
When I came across this quote by Elisabeth Elliot, I knew it was a perfect fit. Her gentle words remind us of the fact that love doesn’t seek to please itself, it serves to lift up another.
I pray that as we consider these words, we’ll carry the message from our head down to our heart.
– it looks for a way of being constructive.
nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own ideas.
and does not pursue selfish advantage.
or gloat over the wickedness of other people.
On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails.
no end to its trust, no fading of its hope;
it can outlast anything. It is, in fact,
the one thing that stands when all else has fallen.”
The Vow: To Love you
The Challenge: Find a special way–an out of the ordinary kind of way–to tell your husband you love him. Write him a note? Send him a text? Make him a card? You choose because you know him best.
You are loved by an almighty God,
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