Happy Valentine’s Day!

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This is my eighth morning waking up to my love.  It’s the eighth time I’ve said, Happy Valentine’s Day to the same, amazing, woman.  This time, the number eight will be very very lucky.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

Love never fails.

I have failed my wife many times over and each time she has been patient and kind.  Now she may have been pissed off and hurt too, but that’s because she loves me deeply and she let me into her heart.  She trusted me and kept no record of wrongs.  Even when I (not love) failed her, she still let me back into her heart and trusted me again and again.

Love never fails, but I have.

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I don’t want my love to be like the words on a beach; beautiful but temporary.  Only able to last until the first wave reaches it.  I want to be strong and have an unwavering love that will never crumble and never fail.  Is that possible?  To be that strong in love all the time?  How does a person remain strong?  They exercise and eat right, I guess. How do I keep my love strong?  Is it the same thing?

Is it as simple and inglorious as feeding my heart and growing my love through practice and repetition?  When training for a half marathon, the short runs that no one sees you do are sometimes the ones that are the hardest.  The long runs along the river with hundreds of other people on a beautiful Saturday are easy.  You’ve got people around you validating your efforts, running alongside of you.  You’re in it together.

I need to stay focused on loving her when no one can see it.  I need to stay focused on the small and seemingly insignificant things that are the foundations of everlasting love.  I need to remember to ask this question every day.

What does Love require of me today?

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I will remember this question today on my eighth Valentine’s Day with the love of my life.

I love you baby. – Your BBM


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