I’ve always known that I was not a melody guy. I really enjoy music, and as someone who took part in band all through high school I can enjoy music that has no lyrics. But when it comes to the music I listen to on a regular basis, the lyrics have always been the key for me. I rarely like a song the first few times I hear it; it is not until I pick up enough of the words to realize that it is speaking to me that I am drawn in.
Every one of the pictures I saw reminded me of a specific moment in time, a moment that I simply could not explain in words to anyone else looking at the pictures with me. It just wouldn’t make sense, like one of those “you had to be there” moments. But the photos captured an instant in time when I had a shared experience with people who played various roles in my life and my growth into who I am today. While some had much larger roles than others, every one of those pictures featured someone that had an impact on my life.
Some people are born with the gift of conciseness. These people boast the ability to sum up complex ideas in pithy statements of wisdom, which often become cliché over time as people continually use them since they are so true. I am not one of these people. I am longwinded. My stories can last for …
We see Love in God, and it looks nothing like what we’ve been taught. We experience Romance as the Holy Spirit draws us ever closer through some of the most painful situations we could imagine. Jesus even refused to perform miracles on command because he did not want to sweep people off their feet. He had no interest in “wooing” people with grand acts; why do we?
Regardless of my obviously high levels of masculinity, you may be shocked to know that I really enjoy a lot of “chick flicks.” I also hate a lot of them. For me there is very little middle ground. I think the key is that there has to be some dose of realism – some level of legitimate conflict.