Editor’s note: The author explains her family’s Lenten commitment to take the Love Dare here . Regular updates will be posted all through Lent. Click here to catch up on previous posts. Due to CE staff scheduling, we will not be able to keep up with these posts daily, but we will make sure they are all posted, even though it means they run past Lent. ]
Our challenge was to try to do a favor for someone to show them that loving them was a choice, not just a feeling.
“God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
We have had a major breakthrough! My oldest daughter burst in to our kitchen this morning before school asking, “Mom, (I wasn’t here last night) what is today’s dare?” The lack of interest that I mentioned the other day is being replaced by a desire to fulfill the dare. I am shocked and pleased.
My husband was the first to complete today’s dare. He drove over an hour to drop my daughter off at a friend’s house. He doesn’t have much time on the weekends, so this was a huge sacrifice (actually, for half the family). Let me explain; Our middle son had cadets at 7:30 am, so we all had to rush Saturday evening to make sure we got to church so that we could get our daughter to her friend’s and our son to cadets. Then, on Sunday, we had to rush back to town, because our son was getting an award. The three youngest children were in the car for almost four hours just to do a favor for their sister and support their older brother.
I’m so proud of my whole family. We are experiencing ups and downs, but I think we are making progress. In fact, my son made a point of telling me how much he loved me this morning (anyone who has a teenage son will understand how big that is).
Lord, thank you for the small steps we are making. We give the glory to you, because you have graced us with a supernatural desire to grow closer as a family.