From this point on, there was plenty of sniffling going on in the packed out theater. I even saw a tough looking guy sitting next to me dabbing his eyes. I'm not going to tell you anymore. You have to see it for yourself.
I will share one neat tidbit with you. There is a kissing scene between Caleb and Katherine. However, Kirk Cameron's real life wife, Chelsea Noble, steps in as a body double in that scene. Even in his profession of acting, Cameron has chosen to honor his vows. I hope that a lot of people will go see this movie. I hope that a lot of marriages will be strengthened because of it. I know that my husband and I both left this film feeling very challenged to love each other more.
One of my favorite lines from the movie was when Caleb's best friend said, "Don't just follow your heart. Lead your heart." Divorce is rampant in our society because we allow our hearts to lead us. I agree with Jeremiah 17:9, which says, "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" We need to know God's word and we need to be led by truth.
Our hearts tell us that love is a romantic feeling. Most relationships do start out this way, but romantic feelings are not what sustain a relationship. Those feelings are like the adrenal gland, which gets things going. Eventually, the adrenaline slows down and the real work begins. The problem with our Hollywood perception of love is that when the adrenaline slows down, people think they have fallen out of love.
The truth is that love is an action and a choice. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 tells us, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." If we can really walk this way, then romance takes on a whole new meaning.
At least, I think it will. I feel challenged to put more energy into truly loving my husband the 1 Corinthians 13 way. I'll update you on the results at a later date. Go see Fireproof. You will be challenged to truly love your spouse.
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