This is my final post in this series entitled, Proof that Your Love Story is Worth Sharing. The idea behind it is simple:
The famous, iconic love stories we’ve seen and heard contain basic elements that are more true to life than we realize
And as we walk through them together in a “real world” kind of way, my hope is that you see that your love story is profound…and worth sharing. Most of all, I hope you’ll be reminded of the ways God has been writing your story together for years.
The final element of a great love story is this:
The Big, Bold, Sacrificial Move
My guess is that at some point in the earlier stages of your relationship (in order for the plot of your love story to move forward), one or both of you had to take a big risk or make a big sacrifice.
I don’t have the numbers to prove it, but my guess is that virtually every great love story – on a screen, on a stage, or on a page – involves this climactic element. Allow me to illustrate:
One of our favorite movies is Good Will Hunting. If you’ve seen it, then you remember the scene where Sean (Robin Williams) tells Will (Matt Damon) the story of how he met his wife in a bar in Boston in 1975. But the catch was that Sean gave up his ticket to game 6 of the World Series to go see about a girl. Game 6 ended up being one of the most historic games of all time, but it didn’t matter to Sean because she was a stunner.
The movie ends with Will making a similar sacrifice by driving to California to pursue his relationship with Skylar, and he leaves a note in Sean’s mailbox that read, “I gotta’ go see about a girl.”
That’s what it was like for me. In 1994 I was living in Pennsylvania and Debbie was living in Indiana. We were in our 5th year of a long-distance relationship when I finally cracked and said, I gotta’ go see about a girl.
I proposed to her, quit my job, moved to Indiana, married her the following year, and the rest is history. It was bold, risky, and sacrificial; and I have never, ever, regretted it.
The right person is worth the sacrifice.
Think about your story. In what way did you take a big step to be together permanently?
The Bigger Picture
Every love story is somehow connected to the greatest love story of all: the story of God’s relentless love for you and me. God became a human being to reach us with His love, and its the greatest sacrifice, biggest step, and boldest move that has ever been made…or will ever be made. A powerful bible verse comes to mind, from Romans 5:8…
“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
And your marriage (including your story) actually reflects the greatest love story…the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Take a few moments and talk about it
What bold move or big step had to be taken for the two of you to be together permanently?
Perhaps it was a geographical move. Perhaps you had to let go of something. Love always costs us something. What did it cost you?
What love story (movie, book, drama, bible story, etc.) comes to mind when you think of the big, bold, sacrificial move?