Friday, January 30, 2009

"Fireproof doesn't mean that the fire will never come, but that when it comes, you'll be able to withstand it."

A few weeks ago, Josh and I joined my parents (along with hundreds of other couples) at Mountaintop Community Church for a viewing of the movie Fireproof. What a blessing! I knew the basic premise of the movie going into it, but I had no idea how much it would touch my heart. I highly recommend every married couple see it. Actually, I just ordered it off of Amazon this week, and once it comes in, I would be thrilled to loan it to any of you! I cannot wait to watch it again! Not only does it remind us all about putting respect, value, love, and honor back into our marriage (and/or keeping it there), but it also gave me a great reminder of Christ's love for us. There is a part in the movie that really stuck with me. Kirk Cameron's character is griping to his dad about his wife. He is fed up with her and how she is not responding to any his attempts to show her love. After listing what all he'd been doing for her, he says to his dad,
"...I did everything I could to demonstrate that I care about her, to show value for her, and she spat in my face! She does not deserve this, Dad. I'm not doing it anymore! How am I supposed to show love to somebody over and over and over who constantly rejects me?"
How POWERFUL!!! That is exactly what we do to Christ, yet He turns around and loves us right back. It brings tears to my eyes and humility to my heart. I am a sinner who does not deserve Christ's love, but He gives it to me with open arms.
Thank you so much, Father, for you UNconditional love!

Btw... 2 little tidbits that I respect SO much about Kirk Cameron and the way he honors and values the sanctity of marriage:
1. He refuses to take off his wedding ring. Therefore, in movies like Left Behind, they have to put a flesh colored material over it if they don't want it to show.
2. When he does kissing scenes, he gets his wife to stand in, because as he says....
....."It's still kissing."

I love it!

1 comment:

More than words can 'ere express said...

The Love Dare, the book that the husband in Fireproof is reading, states in the intro that it "is not a process of trying to change your spouse to be the person you want them to be". That was driven home to me last night at our mid-week Bible study at church. This is the same principle that we use in our relationship with God. It is not a process of trying to change God, it is a process of changing us. I am working through The Love Dare for my beloved wife, but I haven't told her about the movie or the book. My journey through The Love Dare is not a process of trying to change her, it is a process of changing me to be the kind of husband she deserves, and that Jesus Christ expects of me. I have a date with her to see Fireproof on March 14, a week after I finish the book, but I am doing this to show her the journey I am on, not to try to get her to change. The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother."