When Mark and I got married we received a wedding card that actually stood out, which is dang near impossible to do. In the card the man wrote, “I hope you two are as happy as my wife and I”.
This stuck out to me because when I got married I heard far more “You’re not going to be in love forever” advice than “This is the best decision of your life” advice. Which is sad.
This man had a reputation for loving his wife. A reputation, People. There was plenty to admire about this man, but loving his wife the way he did somehow stood out above pretty much anything else.
His wife passed away yesterday. There are the obvious reasons to be sad. However, I’m finding myself focusing on their wisdom. Their wisdom to appreciate the relationship that God had gifted to them. He had given them this relationship and they enjoyed it to the absolute fullest.
Before we begin to wail “Why don’t I have that kind of love in my life!” I would challenge you to be wise enough to see each of the relationships in your life as a personal gift from God. More than likely, you have been blessed with an abundance of loving, wonderful people in your life and you just haven’t had the wisdom to be thankful for them.
Enjoy the gift of relationship that God has given us, and make all kinds of love today. Send an E-card. Give a hug. Squeeze her hand and say ‘I love you’. Buy your kid’s favorite ice cream for dessert tonight. Tell your employer thank you. Tell your boss thank you. Call your Starbuck’s barista by her name. Ask someone how their day is going and care about the answer. Pray for someone. Pray with someone. Make love.
Be wise. Make love.