Thursday, February 14, 2008

An Intentional Love

As St. Valentine's holiday invades our lives, I think it reasonable to write about the seeming centre of this day: LOVE.

Prior to this day, I asked myself, "what love language does my wife appreciate the most?" It's been a constant source of conversation in our household as we continually think we have her pegged, but it's never as certain as we want it to be. Because of this, it has allowed me to venture into a thought that I want to share with you all:

The best expression of love, is the intention you put behind it.

As I ponder what makes my wife feel the most loved, it's always been the thought that I put behind something. It's the love and care and time behind the act of service or gift that she most appreciates. It must be evident in the act itself, but pre-thought and consideration will almost always prove your love more than the act.

I'm sure the authors of "The Five Love Languages" and every other relationship book explain this better than myself, but I feel as though this is valuable for us all to hear: it's not what you do for your spouse, it's how you go about doing it. An act of love is only as loving as the intention that goes into it.

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