What Life Does

Its funny what life does to a man’s heart, the twists and turns of living on this planet places you in jeopardy by asking a simple question.

Why am I here?

The answer—not simple at all—challenges me on a daily basis, causing moments of deep panic because I have no response and then intoxicating me with thrilling moments when I “get” the intent of the question.

The question is an invitation

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

Following Messiah helps me with the “why am I here” question and the light of life He provides helps me see where I must invest my heart, changing the question into a proclamation.

Here’s why I’m here

For 33 years (55.93% of my life) I have walked with the most captivating heart I have ever known, my wife Christine. The God ordained, planned rescue of my heart involves being one with my bride, and learning how to love her as Christ loved the church.

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”-Mignon McLaughlin

Our marriage being the message, the song, the declaration that covenant love flows through us from Father’s heart. An anniversary celebration is only a momentary display of what a daily life of covenant love produces… the ability to fall in love over and over.

What life does then is stretch me to uncomfortable and seemingly impossible limits and present opportunities of giving myself away. Each stretch offers me a life moment, a window, a gift of time, allowing me to devote my heart to my bride, making us more one than the moment before.

I am here to love this precious heart… that’s what life does.


Martha Orlando said…
Oh, yes, it's all about falling in love with one another on a daily basis just as we should fall in love with the Lord each and every day. Beautifully expressed, Jay! Blessings!
Jay Cookingham said…
Thanks Martha...God is so very good!
Bill (cycleguy) said…
With a heart like yours I have absolutely no doubt she knows and feels loved.
Jay Cookingham said…
LOL! You may have needed to asked her that this morning! I blew it yesterday but thankfully my bride forgave me and we're good today. Thanks for your kind words though bro'!
Eddy Damas said…
And you do a good job of it!
Jay Cookingham said…
Trying my best my brutha!

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