Happy New Year Y'all!
The Mr. and I enjoyed ringing in the new year with some new friends, fireworks, and a free concert by Sister Hazel (90's flashback), which was a blast! Before we head to my parents later this afternoon for some football and a New Year's Day dinner (gotta have some of those good ol collard greens for prosperity), MAC and I are starting off the year right with our new couples devotion called The Love Dare. Though we both have our individual quiet times, we are acutely aware of the necessity of having a devotion/prayer time together as a part of our daily lives to help grow, assist and strengthen our marriage. When we were at a bookstore in Savannah, we stumbled across this devotion by the group that created the movie Fireproof and thought this day by day book seemingly brimming with quality material would be a great guide and learning tool for us. Though this book is "technically" for couples, I was so encouraged and challenged by what we read today that I thought I'd share it with you, hopefully opening the doors to a fresh perspective and uplifting outlook on how we should all humbly attempt to embrace life in the new year.
"Loving God and others is what life really is about. No matter who you are or what you do, it comes down to whether you'll live a life of love or not. And there is a vast difference between the two. One is priceless...and one is meaningless.
Love is the most important ingredient to any meaningful relationship. It is fundamental to true significance. Your quality of life is directly tied to the amount of love flowing in you and through you to others. Though it's often overlooked, love is infinitely more valuable than riches, fame, or honor. They will pass away, but love remains. You can be fulfilled without these, but not without love.
The absence of love leaves a devastating void. When it is not present, your spirituality becomes
superficial, your benevolent deeds self-centered, and your sacrifices insincere. In any relationship where love is not your motivation, you can expect it to feel bland and unfulfilling-if not meaningless. When asked to identify life's greatest command, Jesus summed it up this way: to love God with all you are and to love your neighbor as yourself. Will you embrace a life of love?"
"If I have all faith, so that I can move mountains, but do not love, I am nothing."
1 Corinthians 13:2
P.S. the romantic in me is loving all this talk about love :)