Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:7)
Relate: I would have to look it up to be sure, but I think I am overdue on indulging on what I once considered one of my guilty pleasures. You see, I love to read. No, reading is not my guilty pleasure. Reading is just as essential for the mind as breathing is for the body. People who do not read are intellectually dead. But no need to take offense, if you just read those words… you’re reading so your brain has not stopped beating. 😉 By the way, if you want to help my brain to keep beating and make me a very happy man, feel free to hop over to my wish list and send another book into my kindle cloud.
Anyways, getting back on track, reading is not my guilty pleasure. Reading Nicholas Sparks is my guilty pleasure. Like I said, I don’t think I have read any since hopping over to this side of the pond but normally about once a year I will get my hands on something like Dear John, A Walk To Remember, or A Bend In The Road and lose myself in it for a day or two. I do not know any other author who so eloquently demonstrates this verse as well as Nicholas Sparks does. Early on in his books, he gets two people to fall in love. Then he throws the book at them… quite literally. How will the couple survive the time, distance, differences, and disastrous circumstances he will throw their way? Ladies, I am sure many of you know exactly what I am talking about. Guys, man up. Even if you haven’t read any, you know that you have seen at least one of his movies and if you were honest with yourself you will admit to enjoying it. Now go find a copy, find a place to hide so no one will try to take your man card, and find out how much better the books always are than the movies. You will be glad you did. (I am just not sure how glad I am to admit it.)
React: What makes separates great literature and cinema from the mediocre is its ability to illustrate some eternal truth or longing we all experience. A common theme in Hollywood is that we were made for something more. We have an untapped potential and a cause worth fighting for. Pretty much every Avengers movie and spinoff, the YA series flicks like Divergent, Hunger Games, and Twilight, even animated movies like Zootopia and Brave all sing these spiritual chords to one degree of success or another. Another theme that is often laced through these movies that also runs through the core of everything Nicholas Sparks touches, is that there is a love worth fighting for. Batman has his city. Katniss steps up for Primrose. Bella can’t make up her angst filled mind but the redeeming factor is that everyone else in the books will gladly step up and fight for her.
There is a love worth fighting for. There is a love worth sacrificing for. It is your love. He sacrificed the comfort and luxury of heaven. He traveled to the ends of the universe to become someone like you. He chose to wander homeless, often not knowing where the next meal was coming from in the hopes that what He said and did would somehow grab hold of your soul and capture your heart. Ultimately, He willingly laid down His life, dying an excruciating death, so that you might be free. His love never gives up and never loses faith. He still holds out hope and He has endured every circumstance to demonstrate His love for you. He said you are worth fighting for. After all that, will you love Him in return?
I am so thankful that You fought for me. You bled and died out of love for me. When I think of You, and then I look at me… it is mind boggling. It should have been the other way around. You are the one worthy of love and adoration. I’m just plain old me. I know You’ve done all the work. You’ve done all the heavy lifting, but help me to love You more. Help me to live with even a shadow of the incomparable devotion You have showered on me. Help me to follow You a little better. Help me to love You a little more.