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Diana and I were married twenty years ago, on 30 July 1994.
So much has changed in the world since that Saturday 240 months ago. We’ve had three Presidents. Two wars. Gas cost $1.09 a gallon, and a loaf of bread was $1.59.
As a family we’ve had seven residences in two states. Curiously enough, we’ve also had seven kids. Hmm.
Three of our four parents have passed on, along with the last two grandparents, and far too many other family members.
I got my college degree finally and have held nine different positions since then. Diana was ordained in the Church of the Nazarene after completing their Course of Study, and is now the senior pastor at Freedom Fellowship Church of the Nazarene.
I’m not where I thought I’d be twenty years ago, professionally or personally. I didn’t think I’d be worried about my health, or retirement. I had no clue that I’d have as many kids as I do either. But I’ve managed to learn a few things along the way. The most important thing is this:
Love is not just an emotion. It’s a choice. You have to choose Every. Single. Day. to love your significant other. You can’t just rely on the emotion to carry you through the tough times. It won’t. I made a promise twenty years ago to love, honor, and cherish Diana until one of us dies. I made that promise in front of family, friends and God, and every single day, I choose to honor her, and honor that promise. If you somehow think my example is good enough to remember, then remember that.
Choose every day to love your spouse. Every. Day.