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1. In a Family: Love Is a Verb
Do you ever feel that there are days when it is just a little bit hard to love your family? Some days it may be your spouse and others it may be one or all of your kids. Are there days when your spouse is in a really bad mood or does things that just tick you off? Maybe there are days when your kids are just being kids but they are driving you crazy. If you have been married for any amount of time and have been “blessed” with kids, you can probably identify with one or all of the above. Those days happen, and far too many people base their love for a spouse or their love for their kids on the feelings of the day. That just does not work very well. Marriage is a commitment you made before God and parenting is a commitment that you made at the moment of conception. That level of commitment means that you are in it for the long haul and it is a one-day-at-a-time deal, year after year after year.
Love is a place where we all want to be. We want the love of our life. We want a love that lasts a lifetime. We want kids we can be proud of that we can love and that love us in return. This is all well and good, but over the years, that word love needs to change from a noun to a verb. It has to be an action word. I am to love my wife every day. Same for my kids. It means putting God first, my spouse second, and my kids next. It means being totally unselfish in all that I say and that I do. It means serving them like Jesus served us. It means turning love into an action word. It is not just saying it; it is doing it. As a spouse and as a parent that’s my job.
What is 1 thing you can do to show your spouse love this week?
What is 1 thing you can do to show your kids love this week?