More Like Falling in Love

Not too long ago I posted a quote by G.K. Chesterton in which he said that Christianity should look less like a theory and more like a love affair. Not too long afterward I was listening to a song on the radio, "More Like Falling in Love" by Jason Gray, and recognized that quote embedded in the chorus. Here are his lyrics (if you want to read more about the song, go here):

Give me rules
I will break them
Give me lines
I will cross them
I need more than a truth to believe
I need a truth that lives, moves, and breathes
To sweep me off my feet
It ought to be

More like falling in love
Than something to believe in
More like losing my heart
Than giving my allegiance
Caught up, called out
Come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling in love

Give me words
I’ll misuse them
I’ll misplace them
‘Cause all religion ever made of me
Was just a sinner with a stone tied to my feet
It never set me free
It’s gotta be


…It’s like I’m falling in love, love, love
Deeper and deeper
It was love that made
Me a believer
In more than a name, a faith, a creed
Falling in love with Jesus brought the change in me

I think I've written of my desire to live like that a few times now--and my struggle with doing so. It's the same with my marriage. I want to love my wife more deeply. I fail miserably at doing so. The fact is I make choices throughout the day that impact how I live--or I neglect to make the choices that will have a deeper impact on my day.

Instead of choosing to be prayerful as I work around the house, I turn on music and let my mind be distracted. Instead of thinking of ways to surprise my wife when she comes home, I spend time doing something I want to do for myself instead.

So, it's up to me. God loves me. My wife loves me. I need to be active in choosing how I return that love.


Deborah said...

I've heard that song once or twice and loved it. Yet, until now, I never thought of trying live like that. The quote I've heard often and when hearing it I desire that, but the thoughts always fled. Thank you for showing me that...

Rev. Dave said...

Thanks for your response, Deborah. We're raised to follow the rules. Which isn't a bad thing. But some of us (me) have personalities that bend toward following the rules rather than savoring the relationship. In the end, it's the relationship that I truly want.