Monday, December 31, 2012

In the coming year...

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” 
~Neil Gaiman

Sunday, December 30, 2012


“Beginnings are usually scary and endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts. You have to remember this when you find yourself at the beginning."
~Sandra Bullock

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Looking forward...

“Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending.”
~Carl Bard

Friday, December 28, 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012

As Christmas is behind us...

"I would rather be able to appreciate things I can't have than to have things I am not able to appreciate." 
~Ernest Hemingway

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

If you didn't make it yesterday...

I hope you will take time to enjoy Les Miserables at a theatre near you. I realize musical theatre is not for everyone and that this particular story is seen by many as being quite depressing, but if you value a well-told story, I would encourage you to check it out. Les Miserables is a story of courage, idealism and the redeeming power of love. From time to time, we need to be reminded of what a man can be if he overcomes his past, changes his stars and determines his own destiny.

Here is a brief feature about Samantha Barks, the West End actress who was chosen to play Eponine in the film. You may have seen her before in the O2 25th Anniversary Concert were she previously played this role. Director Tom Hooper drew both praise and criticism for choosing her to play this part over Lea Michele, Evan Rachel Wood, Scarlett Johansson and, most notably, Taylor Swift.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

From me...

Dear Readers,

I hope your holiday season has been bright and special. I am thankful for the last year we have spent together on LWTM. Your comments, both through the blog and face-to-face, have encouraged me to continue to post here each day. I hope that the articles, quotes, videos and devotional thoughts have made your life a little brighter and perhaps made your load a little easier to bear.

Please feel free to let me know about anything you would like to see here in 2013. LORD willing, 2013 will be even better than the past year has been. I hope and pray that your year ahead will be one which allows you to grow into the person that God intends for you to be. As I commonly mention here, please do not miss the lessons you can gain from both your successes and your struggles. Always seek to grow and learn from every challenge whether great or small.

Have a Merry Christmas,

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Of the child in all of us...

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The season of caring and sharing...

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
~Hamilton Wright Mabie

Friday, December 21, 2012

Musical Theatre Friday!

Amanda Seyfried as Cosette and Eddie Redmayne as Marius in the soon-to-be released film version of Les Miserables. Looking forward to the film's release next week on Christmas Day.

Thursday, December 20, 2012


“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
~Groucho Marx

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Book Review: Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours Is the Night

I recently picked back up my habit of reviewing books from the publisher, Thomas Nelson. I am sure glad I did and glad I pick this book to review.  In Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours Is the Night, the authors engage the reader in the world of written prayer.  Coming from a primitive faith tradition, rote prayer has always been something which fascinated me but seemed very foreign to my faith experience. Jeanie Gushee, accompanied by her husband, David, introduces the reader to literally hundreds of prayers from across a broad spectrum of the Christian faith. The prayers are arranged day-by-day through the calendar year beginning with January 1 and ending on December 31. In addition to being arranged by the days and months of the year, the readings are also loosely based around the liturgical calendar that many Christian traditions observe. Readings for Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter are placed on their corresponding days. Each day contains two prayers: one prayer for morning reading to start the day and a second prayer for the evening to close the day. The content of the prayers reflects the time of year and time of day in which they are to be read. By far the best aspect of the book to me was the broad pool from which the prayers were drawn. From the writings of the Old Testament to contemporary Christian leaders and everything in between, the book provided a wide-open look at Christianity's varied prayer traditions. Catholic, Coptic and Eastern Rite prayers were included in addition to the expected Protestant prayers. The authors emphasize that the prayers are to stimulate and motivate personal prayer rather than replace it.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book for personal devotional use. I have already purchased the book again to give as a gift for Christmas. Any Christian wanting to feel apart of the flowing stream of our faith's history I believe could appreciate this book.

Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A good motto...

"Better three hours too soon than a minute too late."
~ William Shakespeare in The Merry Wives of Windsor

Monday, December 17, 2012

Merry Christmas from Meghan...

This is an original Christmas song by Meghan Tonjes...

(Once the video starts, skip to 1:36 in order to miss the advertisement for a deal that is now three years old.)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012


At the end, The Blessed will say - “We have never lived anywhere except Heaven.” 
The lost will say - “We were always in Hell.” 
Both will speak truly.
~C.S. Lewis

Friday, December 14, 2012

One More Musical Theatre Friday...

Encore performance of "One Day More" at 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Miserables. Great performance by four combined companies including both current London casts, the concert cast and the original London cast.

Thursday, December 13, 2012


"Strength does not come from success - strength comes from struggle."

Look at yourself...

"The true measure of your character is what you would do if you were sure no one would ever find out."

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”
~Jonathan Safran Foer

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

On reading...

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
~William Styron

Monday, December 10, 2012

Words to start the week...

"Let us have faith that right makes might; and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it."
~Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Of Pain & Purpose...

One day this past week, I was in quite a low mood. Everything that day had gone poorly. A strange dream the night before had brought up some bad memories which we only compounded by seeing reminders of the past throughout the day. The failures of the past several years seemed to be visible everywhere. My energy level was low, my workload for the week largely unfinished and hanging over my head and my outlook somewhat downcast. To put it in words: I was having a bad day.

Then I received a call from someone needing my help. A real tragedy had taken place and this family had thought of me as a possible help to them. In comparison to their situation, the events of my day suddenly seemed minor and minimal. True hardship and hurt in the lives of others made me realize my need to move on from the situations that were holding me back and go forward toward greater peace.

I firmly believe that sometimes we are broken by life, so that we can help mend the brokenness of others. No trial or difficulty or struggle do we find enjoyable when we are forced to endure it, but when later the knowledge and emotional strength gained from that struggle are realized, we can then see that there was in fact a purpose for our pain.

No doubt each of you reading this article has endured difficult challenges. Divorce, death, depression, disease and despair are all common elements in the lives of the human family. Never forget that in the midst of your suffering you are also being prepared to fulfill a ministry that only you can accomplish. The hand of Providence can take all of my mistakes and misfortunes and use them as tools to help build my character and, through me, to help rebuild the lives of others. We do not need to be afraid of our pain for it will become the means of our salvation. When we are willing to endure, we will come to realize that God has not called us to pass through the fire for naught. Every scar, whether physical, spiritual, mental or emotional, is a testimony to the strength of character and the faith in God that brought us through.

The next time you are experiencing suffering try to remember that your temporary hardship may eventually be the source of someone else's deliverance. In our brokenness we can be blessed if we are able to gain strength and seize upon the lesson that suffering is attempting to teach us.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Oh, What A Night!

Looking forward to the afternoon performance of Jersey Boys at The Orpheum Theatre in Memphis. 
The musical, which tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, has been a big touring hit and continues its original run on Broadway.

Friday, December 7, 2012

From the Big Screen to Broadway...

The Sister Act franchise is one of many hit movie series that have recently been turned into hits on Broadway. The following is a clip from Sister Act 2 starring Whoopi Goldberg and Lauryn Hill.

Thursday, December 6, 2012


"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."
~Andy Warhol

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

It is true that...

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Remember today...

"At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love."
~John of the Cross

Monday, December 3, 2012


"For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning."
From The Prophet  by Khalil Gibran

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Today's Will's Words...

Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn.  Whether it is an accident, an injury or even a pleasant surprise, things happen to us over the course of our day that can change the direction we are headed.  Often we are not prepared to deal with the situation initially and we grow by coming to terms with the new reality we are experiencing.  We must change our approach, our outlook or our actions in order to make sense of the change and use its momentum to move us forward.
In the Old Testament, we have recorded the story of Job.  As you remember, Job was an upright man who feared God and sought to serve Him.  Job even prepared for the unexpected by offering extra sacrifices on behalf of his family.  What Job had not reckoned on was the amount of trust that God had in him.  Job believes in God, but just as importantly, God believes in him.  God knows that Job is not a fair weather disciple but rather a true believer.  With God’s permission, Satan destroys Job’s life.  His possessions are taken, his children are killed and his health is snatched from him.  When his wife criticizes his persistent faith, Job calls her foolish.  It is not that Job enjoys this cruel attack, but rather he realizes that all he had was given by God and therefore God’s to take way, decrease or increase.  Because of his faithfulness Job endures, and he is blessed far beyond what he dared believe possible.
Unexpected things happen to us.  It is not a question of if but rather a question of when.  If we can keep our eyes fixed on our Father and our hearts set on Him, we can be blessed whatever the situation.  We may never know why things happen to us, but through faith, we can learn from each experience and know that no trial is endured in vain.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

It has been said...

"You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it."
~Samuel Butler

Friday, November 30, 2012

Musical Theatre Friday: Lea Salonga Medley

Lea Salonga performs a medley featuring songs from Les Miserables, Cats, Billy Elliot and Wicked.
(Ignore the dress choice and focus on the music :) 

Thursday, November 29, 2012


"Faith ... is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods."
~ C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

To feel this about another person...

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! —and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Remember this Monday that...

"It is love that asks, that seeks, that knocks, that finds, and that is faithful to what it finds."
~Augustine of Hippo

Sunday, November 25, 2012

We must realize...

"If there is any priority in the personal or professional life of a Christian more important than the lordship of Jesus Christ, he or she is disqualified as a witness to the gospel."
~Brennan Manning

Those watching Christians will only be led to Christ by a totally committed life. Part-time disciples have a testimony and a witness that hurts the cause of Christ rather than helps it. When we willfully and knowingly place idols in our hearts, we rebel against God's presence in our lives.
Be totally committed and God, through you, can change the world.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

In life...

"A pleasure is full grown only when it is remembered."
~ C.S. Lewis

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Musical Theatre Thanksgiving Thursday...

Recent performance of "On My Own" on morning television when Les Miserables played in Houston as part of the 25th Anniversary Tour. Chasten Harmon was in this role when the show played Memphis. The current Eponine, who is seen here, takes a different approach to the song with less belt and more spoken lines.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

When you think about it, it is true...

"Religion has long been used to comfort the troubled.
May it sometime be used to trouble the comfortable."

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday observation...

Like most people, I carry several things with me whenever I leave the house.  My wallet, my keys, my cell phone, my watch and my to-do list are taken along wherever I go.  Earlier this week, I left the house in a rush and realized when I was almost to my destination that I had forgotten my cell phone.  I was only a short distance from home and I was going home within the same afternoon, but I felt lost without my phone and the convenience and security it offers.
What if we viewed the Christian graces in the same way we view our phones, wallets and keys?  What if every time you went somewhere without grace in your heart you felt uncomfortable?  What if you didn’t feel fully dressed without forgiveness, peace or joy?  What if love was your favorite accessory?
We have an opportunity each day to get dressed spiritually.  Before we take ourselves out into the world, we should take stock of how we appear spiritually.  When we are clothed with Christ and He is truly shining through our lives, we can be the example that He has called us to be.  Remember that no matter what we may dislike about our appearance physically, we can be beautiful and beautifully adorned by the presence of Christ in our lives.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

It is true that...

"If you don't fill your heart with gratitude, the devil will fill it with something else."
~Marie T. Freeman

Friday, November 16, 2012

Musical Theatre Friday...

Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Concert in London.  Skip ahead to 7:40 in the video for an all-star line-up performing "Music of the Night."  Michael Crawford, the original Phantom, is present and is honored, but he does not perform due to the fact he had just left a performance at his then current show and had already sang a full show that night.  The first part of the video features Sarah Brightman, the original Christine and former wife of show creator, Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Her voice is considered a great treasure, but in my opinion, this is not her best performance.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

In life...

"He who waits until circumstances completely favor his undertaking will never accomplish anything."
~Martin Luther

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Book Review: Then Sings My Soul Book 3

I recently read Robert Morgan's latest collection of hymns and hymn-stories, Then Sings My Soul Book 3. This book, like its two predecessors, is attractive and user-friendly. The book contains stories from some great hymns of which you have probably never heard. If you are looking for more familiar hymns, the first two volumes in the series are to be preferred. What this book does feature is great however. Unlike the first two volumes, this book goes beyond the two-page format for each hymn and includes several hymn stories and biographical sketches that simply would not fit in the format of the original and subsequent volumes. The introduction about God's singing world and the tracing of hymns from the time of the Bible until the present is very informative and moving to a believer. The stories about the old maid writers of West Point and of the peculiar Isaac Watts were very touching.  I enjoyed the flow of the book better than the other volumes mainly due to the fact that in dealing with fewer accounts for longer periods, Morgan gave the reader a more full and fulfilling experience.
Overall, I enjoyed the format of this book better to read like an actual page-by-page book and not merely as a reference material for hymn study. As before, sheet music is included to provide the tune if you seek to sing the hymns privately or with a congregation.
I very much enjoyed this book and hope the study of hymnody continues for generations to come.

Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an unbiased review.

Truly happiness...

"The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have."

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Beautiful thought...

"To love Christ more is the deepest need, the constant cry of my soul...Out in the woods and on my bed and out driving, when I am happy and busy, and when I am sad and idle, the whisper keeps going up for more love, more love, more love."
~19th-century hymnist Elizabeth Payson Prentiss

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Remember today what you earned and then what you have been given...

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
~Paul to the church at Rome (6:23)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

For fellow ministers facing Sunday...

Refuse to compete with fellow ministers because we know...
So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
~1st Corinthians 3:7-8

Friday, November 9, 2012

What are you looking for on Musical Theatre Friday?

Roger: I've been trying, I'm not lying,
No one's perfect. I've got baggage.
Mimi: Life's too short, babe, time is flying. 
I'm looking for baggage that goes with mine.

~"La Vie Boheme" from Jonathan Larson's RENT

Thursday, November 8, 2012


"He who is alone with his sins is utterly alone.  It may be that Christians, notwithstanding corporate worship, common prayer, and all their fellowship in service, may still be left to their loneliness.  The final breakthrough to fellowship does not occur because, though they have fellowship with one another as believers and as devout people, they do not have fellowship as the undevout, as sinners.  The pious fellowship permits no one to be a sinner.  So everyone must conceal his sin from himself and from their fellowship.  We dare not be sinners.  Many Christians are unthinkably horrified when a real sinner is suddenly discovered among the righteous.  So we remain alone with our sin, living in lies and hypocrisy.  The fact is we are sinners!"
~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A wise woman once said...

"Faithfulness today is the best preparation for the demands of tomorrow."
~Elisabeth Elliot

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Remember today...

My allegiance to Christ and His people must far and away surpass any passing earthly alliances.  When I live as Christ would have me live, I will naturally become a better spouse, parent, child, employee, friend and citizen.  As I live in God's will for me, God can and will use every circumstance of my life for His glory and my good.  
This is the essence of faith: to believe that a life lived with God and for God is truly the best life possible.

Monday, November 5, 2012

A Broken Heart

Many people have experienced it.

It is as real as cancer and sometimes as deadly.  Its effects can cause a person to lose faith, to give up on life, to become angry, to grow bitter.  It creates a vacuum of feeling and yet causes such intimate pain.  It burdens its bearer with sadness, grief, doubt, regret and often malice.

I speak, of course, of a broken heart.

My heart was broken by the realization that I would never be perfect and by the realization that someone I thought was perfect wasn't.  Over the course of a few years, I spent a lot of time in confusion and grief, in sadness and despair.  This brokenness impacted all other relationships and I allowed its effects to dampen and damage many other areas of my life.

As I read and studied and prayed, I came to realize that much of God's great work has been accomplished by a fellowship of broken-hearted men and women.  The pain of infertility that stalked the lives of Abraham and Sarah, the loss of his childhood culture experienced by Moses, the passionate, burning desire of David to both worship and be wayward, the boldness of Peter matched only by his cowardice...on and on.

And, of course, the ultimate example of a broken-hearted Man, the Lord Jesus Himself.  Grieved because His apostles did not understand His mission, weeping over the disobedience of Jerusalem, burdened with the agony of Gethsemane, and finally, His heart, the very heart of God, broken on the cross.

If God has accomplished His purpose in the world through these and others like them who were broken-hearted, shouldn't I thank God for breaking my own heart?  If blessing can only come through brokenness, shouldn't I bless God for taking away what I had in order to replace it with Himself?  Shouldn't I praise God for His ability to bring blessing from brokenness?

There is a purpose for pain and there is a blessing in brokenness.  God cannot make us all we can be if we insist that we are fine just how we are.  We must lose the things most dear to us in order to realize our need for One who is greater than us.  Some of us are broken publicly by disease, divorce, depression or disgrace.  For others, the brokenness is within the private recesses of their souls, but either way without a realization of our brokenness we cannot find our redemption.  Through our pain, God is opening up new levels of fellowship with Christ.  A Christ that is real.  A Christ that knew pain.  A Christ that suffered and, ultimately, a Christ that was broken so I don't have to be broken alone.

Have a great week.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Remember this Sunday...

"And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. 
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved..."
~St. Paul to the church at Ephesus

Saturday, November 3, 2012

When upset, remember...

"He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he that rules his spirit is greater than he who takes a city."
~Proverbs 16:32

Friday, November 2, 2012

Of Broadway and Beale...

Chad Kimball sings "Memphis Lives in Me" at the box office opening of Memphis: The Musical in New York City.  Sadly, Kimball's repeated performances of the demanding vocal role injured his voice by the time the live-on-stage version was filmed.  In that recorded version, Kimball is unable to hit the closing note.  The version seen here was shot before the show opened on Broadway.  The show won Best Musical at the 2010 Tony Awards.  The national tour opened in 2011 at The Orpheum Theatre in Memphis.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Truth about Me

I have a problem knowing when to speak and when to refrain.  The wisdom writer of Ecclesiastes famously noted that, "For everything there is a season."  More specifically he wrote that there are times for various activities including times to speak and times to keep silent.  It is tempting to wish he had given us a list of those scenarios seeing as many of us have a hard time telling the difference.

So, a challenge for us.  For the rest of the day today, try saying only positive things about the various situations in your life.  Try to frame your family situations, your work life, your social connections in a positive way.  If something positive can't be said, don't feel the need to make a comment or criticism.  Now, obviously, negative emotions are real and need to be expressed as well.  Instead of taking your negativity out on a coworker/spouse/child, take that negativity into prayer with God.  Pray for all the bad situations, hardships and problems you face.  Pray that God will give you a kinder spirit.  If specific negative feelings or actions arise, ask for specific help in meeting those challenges.  Supplant your negative thoughts with positive action and focused prayer.  If you want to gossip, compliment someone instead.  If you want to be profane, be prayerful instead.  If you are a constant gripe and negative thinker, try to refocus on all the blessings you have been given.

Today is November 1, 2012.

If you can allow God to tame your tongue today, why not tomorrow?  The rest of the week?  All of November?  Until the end of the year?  For a lifetime?

It all starts with the decision to let all of our communication be filtered by the measure of God's standard.  If we chose to redeem our speech and season it with grace and compassion, we can truly change the world, and maybe just as importantly, we will change ourselves into a people that are kinder, gentler and more Christ-like.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Today is not the only day people are afraid...

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure...We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
~Marianne Williamson

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We Love NYC

In honor of the millions of people who are displaced along the Eastern seaboard, we offer this video that ran shortly after September 11, 2001.  Broadway is dark tonight, but the lights will shine again soon.  God bless all those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Monday, October 29, 2012

It is true that...

"He that can have patience can have what he will."
~Spanish proverb

Sunday, October 28, 2012

On Sunday...

"Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshipped." 

~Jack Hayford 

Let God change you to be more like Him today.
Worship with God's people wherever you may be.

Saturday, October 27, 2012


"It is better to be alone than to be in bad company."
~Germanic proverb

Friday, October 26, 2012

A Musical Theatre Friday quote...

"The only way out is up. A leap of faith..."
~Spoken by the character Maureen in Jonathan Larson's RENT

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fight the negative

One of the hardest things to do is to stop negativity from taking control of our lives.  In a person's heart, in a family, in a church, in a business or in society at large, once we give in to the desire to be negative, condescending and even cruel in our speech, our posts, our conversations or our attitude, we are letting Satan and all he stands for win.  

Fight evil ~ Be positive.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Remember to...

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time."
~Betty Smith

Monday, October 22, 2012

Humorous but true...

"It's funny, but when you date someone it's like your taking one long course in who that person is, then when you break up all that stuff becomes useless.  It's like the emotional equivalent of an English degree."
~Character of Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Of love and God...

Many of us can remember the first time we fell in love (or at least thought we did).  Regardless of the age at which this phenomena occurs, certain behaviors start to take place.  The sound of your beloved’s name begins to sound sweeter in your ears than any other word.  You change plans and alter schedules to spend just a few extra moments with your special someone.  You try to learn everything about your love’s wants, desires, dreams and cares.  You spend hours upon hours talking about everything with the object of your affection.  You feel that you want to be with this person regardless of what others think or the risks you might have to take to make it happen.  You can’t imagine ever feeling that same way about another person ever again.
Notice each of these behaviors we exhibit when we are in love.  They all serve as a pattern for how the Christian should feel about and act toward God.  As Christians, our relationship to God should be the primary relationship in our lives.  God, and God alone, should occupy the most important place in our lives.
The question is then: are you in love with God?  Many people know a great deal about God objectively, but they have never made an emotional investment in having a relationship with Him.  Just as someone can know all the facts about a person, until emotion becomes involved they will never see all that the person truly is.  Our challenge is to come to love God in much the same way as He has already loved us: totally, sacrificially, deeply and eternally.