We watched Fireproof tonight at church. I do quite a bit of marital counseling for people in our church. As I watched this movie I noticed a couple of things. First, the marriage depicted in this movie was a carbon copy of many of those marriages I've dealt with. The objections from the husband, the disinterest from the wife, the hopelessness, it was all there. It made me wonder (again) how many families out there are struggling with this stuff.
The second thing I noticed was this: the daily tasks given in The Love Dare are the exact challenges I give to couples when I am trying to help them work on their relationships. And I've even heard all of the objections there too. She's not responding. He's trying to butter me up for the divorce. It's as if someone was sitting in on my counseling sessions!
But here's the thing. Given enough time, enough effort, enough sacrifice, these 'dares' do work! A marriage will never work unless it is founded on Jesus Christ (you may think it's working, but there is a very important part missing). Once you are able to put your faith in Him, trust and follow Him, experience and understand what love really is, then you will be able to change your marriage.
If you haven't yet watched this movie, I would highly recommend it.