Before And After Falling In Love......

B - You take my breath away
A - I feel like I'm suffocating

B - She says she loves the way I take control of the situation
A - She called me a controlling, manipulative egomaniac

B - Saturday Night Fever
A - Monday Night Football

B - He makes me feel like a million dollars
A - If I had a dime for every stupid thing he's done...

B - The Sound of Music
A - The Sound of Silence

B - $60/dozen
A - $1.50/stem

B - We agree on everything!
A - Doesn't she have a mind of her own?

B - Ideal
A - Idle

B - I love a woman with curves
A- I never said you were fat

B - He's completely lost without me
A - Why won't he ever ask for directions?

B - Time stood still
A - This relationship is going nowhere

B - You look so seductive in black
A - Your clothes are so depressing

B - I can hardly believe we found each other
A - I can't believe I ended up with someone like you

We need to strive to recapture the excitement
Those of you who have been married awhile can relate to the above. Even if your relationship has improved through the years, there was something about those early years — the excitement and thrill of first falling in love — that causes you to look back with a sigh. One of the secrets of a successful marriage is found in striving to recapture the excitement of those early years in the midst of our commitment to longevity.

That's also one of the secrets of living the Christian life. If you've been a Christian for a number of years, chances are you can look back at the time when you first "fell in love" with Christ. There was an excitement that accompanied the newness of your Christian life. But, the newness wore off, and after awhile, Christian living may have become somewhat mundane. We need to strive to recapture the excitement of those early years in the midst of our commitment to longevity.

"Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works ..." (Revelation 2:4-5a)

It is important that we remember and recapture that excitement of being a child of God — the feeling of being cleansed of sin, the desire to share our excitement with everyone else we know, and the intention to do everything we can to serve the One we love with all our hearts.

May you never lose that first love, but if you have, may you seek to recapture it.