Before we get into the blog, I must say the following:
So much has happened over the last few months and because of this, I had decided I wasn't going to blog for a while. I even thought to stop the committed series because why would anyone read it with so much going on in our world? While I know I have a long way to go in my own development and understanding of the world, I realized this morning I shouldn't silence myself right now. I need to share this committed story because, more than ever, people need hope. Hope from people who really do live a life of love, forgiveness, and grace. Hope from something that is bigger than this world
So, with that...COMMITTED: What the world needs now
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. Can you stop for one moment, close your eyes and just think of a world that lived by these words? How different everything would be right now! Our world is so sad, and our world is hurting. I wish
[so badly] to be able to hug the necks of every single human on this planet. I'd look at them and say I love you. You matter to me. You are somebody. You have a purpose. You can do it. You will make a difference in this world. Don't give up yet we still have a lot of work to do. You are worthy.
I have spent time over these past few weeks to remember people. The people who have guided me, the people who have helped mold me into who I am today. People who have given me truth when I didn't want to hear it and people who have stood up on my behalf when I didn't have a voice. People who have prayed over me and people who said, "if you quit now, all this was for nothing." So many people have touched my life and I wish I could write about every single one of them!
When I started the committed series, I could have never predicted our world as it is today.
I am so excited to introduce you to our committed couple! They have influenced people all over the world and not only are they committed to their marriage; they are committed to the world.
Being committed to this world doesn't mean that you are conforming to the world's standards but you are committed to changing the world and the hearts of people who are here.
I want to introduce Pastor Tom and Pastor Linda Anderson. Their committed story goes much deeper than their marriage. Not only are they committed to one another and their marriage, but they are committed to people. I honestly believe they lead with a heart that beats for people. They lead with compassion, honesty and have made a commitment to ministry and the people of this world.
Pastor Tom and Linda have been married for forty-nine years! They met when they were only 14 and 15 years old (but they remember seeing each other when they were 12 and 13 years old at a church camp they were attending). Even at 14 and 15 years old, their lives were changing and the path they were to walk down together one day was already being formed. Their first date was going to a youth for Christ event and when I asked them to talk about their first date, they joked and said, "they had to be driven to the date by Tom's sister because they were too young to drive and describe their first memory of each other as lightning bolts and electricity! Love at first sight! If you know them personally, you know their love is still fun, romantic, and faithful!
Being committed in a marriage is more than just being faithful. It is committing to take care of each other and to show your love in action. I think we can take those same principles and apply them to what is going on in our world. Pastor Tom and Pastor Linda are not only parents, grandparents, and pastors, they have been active in ministries around the world. They are committed to touching lives and because of that, generations are forever changed. Our world needs more committed-minded people. People who are not only committed to their own marriage and family but who are committed to helping those in need and who need a helping hand. They are committed to simply loving people. They are humble, generous, they are forgiving, and they are the encouragers of the world.
Their commitment to one another is apparent. Five minutes around them and you are already smiling. Their marriage advice is probably the best I have ever heard.
"Always give your spouse your first smile when you walk into a room of people"
When I heard this advice, I was reminded of another part of marriage that is often not talked about but is so crucial in a committed marriage. Attentiveness. We want to be seen and heard. We must protect each other in our marriage and one of the most important ways is letting people know who we are and what we stand for without saying a word. Remember when we said, earlier, show you love in action. Here is a great example of this concept! Giving your spouse your first smile shows your spouse attention. A smile comes from within-its contagious and people can't help notice a smile. A cheerful look brings joy to the heart (Proverbs 15:30) No matter where we are and what we are doing, our spouse should always be a priority.
Together they show love to the world with their smile. Every time they walk into a room they greet everyone with a smile. They show so much love. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth.
Imagine a world where we were all committed to making it better. A world that was patient with one another and kind to one another. A world that was not easily angered and not self-seeking.
They have shown the world, not only their love for one another and love of people, they have shown how one commitment can change so much. Their story started 49 years ago and because of their commitment to their marriage, hundreds of people can say their life is completely different and blessed.
Till Next Time-