Love that Lasts a Lifetime
Day 1 - Jun 15, 2020
Everyone wants a love that lasts a lifetime.
A recent study found that 93 percent of Americans say they dream of a lasting, stable marriage relationship.
- Yet, instead of lifelong love, they’re finding disappointment and heartache.
- People haven’t lost the dream for marriage. They’ve just lost the hope.
- That’s because they have the wrong mentality. They see marriage as a sprint, but in reality, it’s a marathon.
Day 2 - Jun 16, 2020
Running fast feels good. Sprinting is fun, just ask any kid! It’s fun to watch too! My favorite Olympic event is still the 100-meter dash. It requires maximum effort, but it doesn’t last long. Sprints are short because no one can sustain that kind of effort for very long. They burn out too quickly.
A lot of people get married in a sprint. They meet someone and they are overcome with emotions.
- They start dating.
- They fall in love.
- They get engaged.
- They get married, and everything is wonderful.
In these moments, sexual attraction and passion are their source of energy. It burns hot. It’s exhilarating and fun, but it doesn’t last. Eventually, they run out of energy. It might be during the first year of marriage. It might be during the tenth year. The passion fades and the relationship hits a wall. If they aren’t prepared for it, their marriage can fall apart.
Day 3 - Jun 17, 2020
The big question in marriage isn’t "How can we keep this passion going today?" It’s..."How can we keep this passion burning for 60 years?"
That requires a marathon mentality rather than a sprint mentality. A marathon requires a similar amount of effort. But instead of burning it all at once, like rocket fuel, it focuses on endurance. You keep moving forward, step after step and year after year.
Marathoners pay very close attention to things like nutrition and hydration. They focus on it leading up to a race and during the race itself. Their performance depends on it. Fuel is vital to a successful marathon.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpLJqVzjoYA The Significance of Dating clip by Jimmy & Karen Evans
Day 4 - Jun 18, 2020
A marathon in marriage also thinks about the fuel: What is the source of my love?
The deepest source of love isn’t sexual attraction. It’s not your emotions because feelings change. Your source of love shouldn’t be your spouse, either, because people fail us. They’ll let us down.
- The deepest and most powerful source of love is God in whom His love lasts for eternity.
Day 5 - Jun 19, 2020
We must trust God to meet our deepest needs. We must depend on Him to be our fuel.
People can break our hearts, but the love of God endures forever. When most couples get married, they’re sprinting. When the passion begins to fade, many have thoughts of divorce. It isn’t until we learn to draw from a deeper source, the love of God, to realize that He can heal your marriage.
When you turn your marriage into a marathon instead of a sprint, your marriage will keep running strong. With God fueling your marriage, it can last a lifetime.