Reigniting First Love...
"But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first." Jesus to Ephesus church, Revelation 2:4-5
We are intimately loved long before our parents, teachers, spouses, children and friends and friends loved or wounded us. That's the truth of our lives. That's the truth I want you to claim for yourself. That's the truth spoken by the voice that says, "You are my Beloved."
Henri J. Nouwen
I love Ford Mustangs. I married into one in 1975, as my bride Kasey brought hers into our new family. I drove that car for 19 years, two engines, and three transmissions, in Texas, New Mexico and California. I looked very cool in it, until the infant car seats came along. One of my regrets is allowing it to get away... When our son Justin left for a year in Iraq with NMx National Guard, I drove his Mustang and prayed daily for him in it.
The very first Mustang ever purchased was on April 15, 1964. Gail Wise, 22, was a third grade teacher who borrowed money from her parents for a new car. She told the salesman she wanted a convertible, and he showed her a car in the back under a tarp -- and she loved it. She paid $3,447.50 for THE FIRST Mustang ever bought. She still owns it, and today, fully restored by her husband, it is worth $350,000 - 450,000, according to Hagerty Classic Insurance, experts on collector cars.
Ah, the first. First car, first baby, first job, first love -- which Jesus rebuked the Ephesian church for abandoning. Notice, he wasn't mushy and romantic about it; it was not evidently an emotional issue...he instructed them to "do the things you did at first." When I first came to know Jesus, it was an easy thing to pull aside, read the Bible, pray and soak in His presence. Didn't take a lot of effort or sacrifice, I wanted to do those things...I could not not do those things. How about you? What are the "things you did at first" that will reignite the passion for Jesus in your heart?
Love is not an emotion, not sex, not manipulation, not conditional. It is behavior toward persons as described in four muy importante verses [1 Corinthians 13:4-8]...see the 15 characteristics of agape love there. In a relationship, either with physical persons here, or with God through Jesus Christ, behavior is precursor to passion. Consider this -- what would "do the things you did at first" look like? In the words of Shakespeare, go doeth.
Remembering first things, eager to repeat them, Perry Floyd