Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love the One You're With: A Valentine's Day Post

Sometimes movies really get me thinking, movies like The Vow that display the uncertainty of life and show a testimony to the power of love. I know, it's silly, and I know, for some movies, it's "just a movie," but it's true.I once wrote a similar post about a Nicholas Sparks book....

But the thing is sometimes I forget about the uncertainty of life, and I think we take for granted those little moments we get to experience with the ones we love. Maybe Valentine's Day is just a silly holiday created by greeting card companies and the restaurant industry to make women feel secure about their love relationships. But even still, why not take advantage of a designated day to show your love for someone? Why not take advantage of every day?

My theme this year has been about living life fully. On my mirror, I have two things I read every day. The first says that "Today is a gift." The second says, "Live by faith. Live by grace. Live life fully. You get to choose." Every day is a gift, and I realized last night every day is also another blessing that I get to walk out with the greatest gift God gave me - my husband.

I know I am so blessed to be married to my best friend. And I know our marriage is rare. It's rare that we enjoy spending so much time together, that we enjoy doing the same things. I never knew I would find someone I would never tire of being with. And I know I have a rare husband in Hal, too. Someone who helps with the cleaning, loads the dishwashers, folds clothes, drives me to school any chance he can, comes home for lunch or for a break, just to see me. He really is amazing, and our love really is one of those once-in-a-lifetime kind of loves.

We left the movie last night (we saw The Vow), and we joked about whether we would find each other again if something like that happened to us. I don't want to think about something that tragic, but it did make me mindful of every moment we get together. Every second we have in this lifetime. I don't want to waste time with petty arguments or even unimportant and misplaced priorities. Instead, I want to be grateful, to take notice, and to make memories. I want to remember the days we have together. I prayed last night, as I often do, that we would have a lifetime to share, that God would extend our days together, a long-lasting marriage, an extraordinary marriage.

So what if today is a silly holiday? Love the one you're with. Remember your time together. Be grateful for the moments you share.
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