Happy Groundhog’s Day.
Well, I’m not writing a Groundhog’s Day post, as much as awareness of the plight of groundhogs needs to be raised. But I am kicking off a series of posts today.
This month, I’ve got lined up what I hope will be one of the most meaningful things I’ve put together on this blog. In honor of all of us who refuse to celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’m doing a month of blogging about love…and all the crap that comes with it. Isn’t that lovely? Read on to see what you can expect. It’s kind of a shotgun spray of previews for the coming weeks. It’s pretty sweet.
Love is Kind of Gross
It’s not just gross because we dress it up with lots of pink and flowers and mushy stuff. I was musing with my wife the other night before bed that people could certainly get a lot more done in life…if we weren’t controlled by so many irrational emotions, hungers and urges. We all used to think love was gross…until those hormones took over. I think that’s why aliens are always super-smart, but loveless, asexual robot-like humanoids. They get a lot done because they’re not spending their time on love. We’re supposed to be the “smart” ones on this planet. But then we’re controlled by this carnal, illogical urge to pair up. We make a lot of trouble for ourselves over that. But we say that someone who doesn’t love is less than “human.”
Love Isn’t Getting Any Less Gross
Have you noticed all the pastors out there who act like armchair marriage counselors? People have been getting married for thousands of years. Yet, we still don’t have it right. So pastors preach whole series of sermons on marriage, or challenge their members to a whole month of marital intimacy. Of course, divorce is still rampant. And at the same time, more marriages and churches than ever before are broken up because someone can’t control those gross little urges. Seems like we know less about love than ever.
What’s Wrong with You?
Some people are serial daters, and others are serially single. With all the absurdity of our culture’s love life, it makes you wonder why anyone would want to get involved in a serious relationship. Yet, most of us (and maybe especially Christians) look at singles like there’s something wrong with them. Don’t worry, love month here at the blog will not be ignoring singles. I’ve got a special Valentine’s Day post planned just for you. I’m still young enough that I’ve spent more of my life single than married.
Who Wrote the Rules for Love?
We’ve got our ideals about what love and marriage should be. Some people think we should kiss dating good-bye. Others think love conquers all things. And most of us say our ideals came from a higher authority. But does the Bible really give a clear picture of what love and marriage should look like?
No One Warned Me
I’ve been married almost five years now. My wife and I have always got along really well, much better than many other couples. Yet, there are so many ideas about marriage I absorbed from somewhere that just didn’t meet up with reality, ideas about what it would be like, what was expected of me, what was expected of her. Maybe I’d be better prepared if I had fed myself a steady diet of Hugh Grant movies, rather than wasting my time watching Fight Club over and over. Makes you wonder if anyone knows what love is supposed to look like.
All this, and I’ve got lined up the best cavalcade of features, interviews and giveaways I’ve ever had. I hope you stick around to read it.
So, let’s kick it off easy today. Tell us what kind of a relationship you’re in, and you’re plans for the big V Day, if any. (It’s in just a week and a half, so don’t dilly dally.) Turns out, I did actually get my wife something this year. I just don’t know what it is, because she hasn’t told me.