September 16 – Sweet Fidelity

Let your fountain [of human life] be blessed [with the rewards of fidelity], and rejoice in the wife of your youth. Proverb 5:18

FIDEL’ITY – Careful and exact observance of duty, or performance of obligations.

Marriage is a covenant between the two parts that make mankind (Genesis 1:27-28). It’s deemed holy and sacred in the sight of God. My, how wonderful it would be if all of humanity felt the same!

Sin has a way of distorting beauty and blessing into a sense of bondage. So many couples begin their union with grand aspirations only to find themselves bewildered not many months after.

I believe a comprehensive insight of fidelity, or lack thereof, is noteworthy. Most of our love affairs start with an emotional explosion. And so our dream machine goes into overdrive and the realms of reason can be overlooked.

Therefore, there is no careful examination of the facts, figures, or family that may be affected by way of this “love exchange.” Though this can happen, a solid commitment to the covenant can help any couple through the pitfalls waiting in their future.

Today’s Proverb suggests rejoicing when it comes to your marriage vows. It could be easy to be surprised when trials come. Then finding joy can be the last thing on our minds. But this truth remains: great marriages come from great tests. Knowing that makes the rejoicing comes much easier!

August 22 – The Little Heavyweight Champion of the World

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 

Love is one of those words that carries a lot of weight…well, at least it should. For some of us, cultural trends and television shows play a huge role of distortion in our concepts.

By the time I found my soul mate, “love” mishaps had me gun shy. Yet, in a funny sort of way, I’m glad some of what I thought was love proved to be a horrible impersonation.

Consequently, I didn’t use the word to describe my feelings for my wife now of almost twenty years, until our wedding day. And I must say, I learn on a daily basis a bit more about this little “heavyweight” term.

But today’s Proverbs wields a word that even love has to bow to. Wherever it shows up, it sucks the air out of the room and causes one or two specific responses.

When I hear the word “all” (“with all your heart,” “in all your ways,” see scripture above) I either stop and ponder my responsibility now that I am aware it is a part of the decision, or I run right past it without a second’s consideration of its presence only to pay a huge fine later.

All is a tough one. It leaves no grey and guarantees no bottom. Its boundaries seem invisible, yet it demands visible devotion.

This is one of my life-long scriptural confessions (something I try to say every day): Today, I choose to love God with all of me; my heart, my soul, and all my strength. Then He will empower me with the love I need for my fellow man.

The truth, the way I see it, is this little word all makes the little word love function at its maximum potential. Then love turns and showers all with undeniable evidence of gratitude. I call that real romance!

I waited to say “I love you” until I was willing to say, “I Do.” But all of my heart was the foundation stone by which the commitment was made. And eleven children later and a host of other “lovely life endeavors” fulfilled, with more to come, this little big word continues to be worth its weight in gold!