"God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us …" 1 John 4:17 (MSG)
We're not Valentine's Day celebraters. In 9 years of marriage I don't think we've ever done the whole V-day date night extravaganza or whatever most couples do. But, now that we have children and they're old enough to understand that it's a holiday that celebrates love, we're finding the opportunity is ripe for teaching them how it should be celebrated and recognized. In a culture that releases movies touting a glossy Hollywood fantasy-based love on Valentine's Day, I'm seeing that now more than ever its imperative to teach our children what true love is.
My marriage is far from perfect. Far... do you hear me? However; we've learned from several mistakes that I believe the Lord is using to shape our marriage to be better than its ever been and strong enough to withstand the daily battles we face against the flesh.
If you know my man, you know he is super tall. I chuckle when I recall our early years of dating and how this kind of bothered me. It was an attraction, but whenever my small frame stood next to him I couldn't help but be reminded of my smallness. His towering over me made me feel safe and secure, yet frail at the same time. Over time, I've realized that's a good place to be. Small. Always aware of my need for humility. And while he still towers tall, I realize he loves me best when he bends low.
Because true love is sacrificial. It's not height, but humility.
It bends low to change diapers and wipe noses.
It bends low to fold laundry and pick up toys.
It bends low to paint dresser drawers on Valentines Day when asked.
It strives to be righteous instead of right.
It bends to listen instead of always needing to be heard.
This kind of love definitely isn't seen on the big screen and isn't blowing up social media, but it's the only love I ever want to know... and want my children to know.
And love like this is ours every day when Christ lives in us and we live in Him.
Prayerfully, it's the love my children will see demonstrated in our home and in the way we serve others. So that one day they'll know, it's not about a glamorized holiday, but an every day, always serving, always bending low kind of love.
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