When Ivy and I were married we made a vow “to have and to hold, from this day forward”:
for better, for worse,
for richer, for poorer,
in sickness or in health,
to love and to cherish
’till death do us part.
This is our 30+ Valentines Day together. Our story has been a wild ride, some amazingly great times and some really hard times.
One thing that has never wavered is our commitment to each another. Sometimes you hang in there because of the promise you made.
Love is demonstrated by the promises you’re willing to keep.
Not so long ago we attended The Encounter Training (there’s one coming up in Nashville March 15-18, I highly recommend it). Here’s one of the core principles:
The Power of a Promise
“One of the most tangible ways to show love is to simply keep your promises. If you pay attention to the day-to-day promises you make to others, it creates integrity for you and lets others know how valued they are. We would also assert that a broken promise is a cry for help. Itâ€™s tangible evidence that certain aspects of your life arenâ€™t working.” Principles of The Encounter Training
Wholehearted Worship Encouragement:
This Valentines Day, show your love to others by simply making and keeping a promise.