This post may seem random.
To most people, it probably is. However, I think that this post is crucial to why I do what I do.
Hold on to your boot straps and ride along with me.
We use that word so flippantly these days. Don't we? I was watching a beautiful 1800s era Hallmark movie (be still my heart. I love those so) and the man who was "courting" this girl kept saying how much he cared for her. He didn't say I love you until the week before he proposed!
C'mon girls. If this guy was out there today, people would be taking him to get his head examined.
But I think they were onto something. Love is something much bigger than ice cream and Chic-fil-A. (Sorry guys, I don't love your nuggets or sandwiches any less)
Love is, like Pat Benatar put it, a battlefield.
It is laced with sweat, blood, passion, hurt, and redemption. For those of you that are in the military and have seen war, you fight for the person beside you. Not yourself. Your focus is on getting your wingman home to their family.
Jesus did that for us didn't he? He fought the battle for us. He could have breathed and it would have been over. Yet he chose to conquer Satan, sin, and its power over us, for us.
I want the couples that are on the other side of my lens to know that I see love as a powerful, painful, and beautiful thing. The love that they bring into their marriages is going to be tested.
And that's okay.
It's your determination to fight for the one at your side that matters. You will fall. Your spouse will fall. It's not the end.
Beauty is never given cheaply. For those who do not fight, they are gifted no beautiful thing.
Love is the expression of our willingness to show the world who our Creator is. And no matter how much we fail at displaying that love, the world outside your doors sees and yearns.
Your marriage is on display. You don't have to be perfect. I'm telling you, you won't be. The endurance is what is alluring. The battle is what brings unity at the end.
When you say I love you, take a deep breath. Put on your gear. And love.
love and laughter,