I love country music. I love that each song tells a story. I love the simplicity of country life; the thought of riding in a convertible down a pencil thin country road. I love sweet tea, s’mores roasting over an open fire, and summer days that stretch before us like a warm piece of taffy.
The simple life captured in a song!
One of my favorite songs is, Lovin you is Fun by Easton Corbin. The chorus goes something like this:
Love don’t have to be a bunch of drama
A bunch of knock-down, drag-outs, crying in the rain
It’s all right to keep it light now mama, don’t you think
We’re having such a good time together and it’s only just begun
My heart’s never smiled so hard
Baby, lovin’ you is fun
Yes! I embrace the thought of love being easy, of keeping it light and having a good time together.
But I am forced back to reality and realize love isn’t always easy and I’m not always fun to be around.
Love isn’t a country song!
Love is sometimes hard. Love sometimes leaves us crying in the rain.
This world bombards us with the message that love should be easy; that love should not require sacrifice; that love is a feeling and if that feeling fades, one has the right to go in search of it in other places.
But Jesus never promised genuine love to be easy: a plateau to be reached that requires no effort or tenacity.
What do we learn from the Source of all Truth on this matter of love?
We know that…..
“Love is patient.
Love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude;
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrong.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
Love never fails.”
This passage is one of the most popular Scriptures read at Christian weddings, yet how many of us consider this to be an attainable list?
In order to fully appreciate this description of love, we must take special note of the words preceeding this passage…..
“And now I will show you the most excellent way…..” 1 cor 12:34b
The most excellent way!! Not A way; not one of many ways; but THE MOST excellent way.
This description of love…this standard that seems impossibly high….this is the most excellent of ways. We strive for excellence in our talents. We push our kids toward excellence in sports. We yearn for excellence in our careers and parenting. Let’s strive together for excellence in our marriages.
There are days, many days, when we fall short. But we worship a God of second (and third and fourth) chances, and, regardless of what this world tells us, we have a marriage worth fighting for!!!
“And now these things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”