Valentines Day

As we prepare for Valentines Day, take inspiration from the following video: Sanctus Real – Lead Me. What a great video. Anyone that is the leader of a family or group should pray every day for making good decisions and for the strength to lead those you love the best you can.

If you go to a movie or read a book, romance is depicted in stories of courtships and love affairs or in historical settings of heroic deeds or pageantry. In a colorful and scenic world full of fanciful stories and daydreams. I once heard about a legend similar to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. An Indian maiden named Wah-Wah-Tee from an enemy tribe of the Apaches and her Apache brave lover knew that their love would be forbidden. They were determined to be together and tried to run off together, only to be intercepted by her angry father and brothers. The tale ends with Wah-Wah-Tee kissing her lover before they both jump off a cliff and plummet to their death. Because of this legend, people around Waco call the cliff just north of downtown at the east end of the Bosque River “Lover’s Leap”.  

 The world doesn’t give a good guide to relationships but we can look to the greatest servant of all, Jesus, for a perfect model to follow. A relationship fueled by “serve-you” love is a lasting love that begins when a couple start viewing their relationship as a chance to meet each other’s needs. John Ed Mathison in his book “Treasures of a Transformed Life” Wrote about a guy in a romantic mood. He said to his wife, “If I had a thousand arms, they’d all be around you. And she said, “Quit complaining about what you don’t have, and use what you do have!”

Billy Graham once was quoted to say the following, “The word romance, according to the dictionary, means, excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime. My pastor, Steve Ramsdell pointed out in a sermon one time that God gives us an amazing proposal and invitation to intimacy. From the beginning in Genesis 1:26-28 to the end in Revelation 21:6-7, God understands our needs and wants. The focus is on a relationship and sometimes we need to slow down and smell the roses.

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About Mark Shields

Mark works in the Information Systems Department for an Insurance Company. He volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church and runs the 10:50 worship service computer. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. You’re invited to join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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