Love takes on a deeper meaning as we get older, at least it has for me. When I tell my wife, “I love you,” it has a much different meaning than the first time I told her in 9th grade.
And while I’m sure Paul didn’t write the famous 1 Corinthians 13 description of love with the romantic sense in mind, we wanted to take a stab at creating a mini-movie around what love could look like throughout the life of a marriage.
To borrow some words from a friend, “We often think of love as a passionate sprint, but it’s a long-slog marathon…”
Many ‘love stories’ are centered around a couple falling in love, and culminate with the wedding, as if that’s the end goal of love. But as most married couples would attest to, that is only the beginning of learning to love.
This is what we wanted to explore in “LOVE LIFE.” Love takes work, it deepens with age, and it will get us through the greatest highs and the deepest lows of life.
We also wanted to show a bit more of real life than what might be your first impressions of these descriptions. Here are some examples:
Love does not envy
OBVIOUS: a lustful glance at another woman.
LOVE LIFE: a stay at home mom envying the adult conversations of her husband at work.
OBVIOUS: a jacket over her shoulder on a cold day.
LOVE LIFE: a gentle touch of support upon news of the loss of a child.
Love is not self-seeking
OBVIOUS: gives the last bite of cake to the other
LOVE LIFE: allowing for rest when a night of intimacy was expected.
We hope you and your community will be able to connect with the story of “LOVE LIFE,” and be able to use it as a reminder and challenge to fight for our families and to never give up on your love life.