Do you remember Jim McCay succinctly describe the range of emotions inherent in competition when he said: “Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sports: The thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat. The human drama of athletic competition. This is ABC’s Wide World of Sports”? Spiritually we see all around us the spiritual war going on that brings victory in Jesus Christ or the agony of obeying Satan’s temptations.
Couples unable to have biological children often go to great lengths to adopt. They may go to another country, risk health, complete mounds of paperwork, and pay as much as $200,000. What if the child is enslaved to work at a tedious job 12-15 hours a day? Or worse, what if the child is a sex slave sold several times a day?
Corrie ten Boom helped dozens of Jews escape the holocaust. They hid them in a secret room behind their bedrooms above their little watch repair shop in Holland. Eventually the Germans caught them. Corrie and her family and friends were submitted to the horrors of the concentration camps. Miraculously Corrie survived. In her book, The Hiding Place, she describes that amazing release from Ravensbrück in December 1944. She also describes in sickening details the living-death in those inventions of madmen driven by evil.
The romantic rush to get cards, flowers, and candy for one’s valentine is going strong. To ask if you are in love usually refers to how one feels. Do you feel in love? Since a feeling comes and goes, true love is not an emotion or butterflies in one’s abdomen. True love is commitment to that person no matter how you feel.