Rev 2:2-4 “I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance….You have patiently suffered for me without quitting. But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!”
I remember when I first saw my wife, Elizabeth. It was in the gym at Cloverdale Jr. High. She and a friend walked in, and my heart skipped a beat! We had our first date at a church Sweetheart Banquet, and we dated all through high school. I remember long talks on the phone, football games, dinner dates, etc. She was and still is beautiful, sweet, patient, kind, loving, gentle, long suffering, good, joyful, and doesn’t see herself as anything but normal. We still have the best relationship a couple could hope for. Why am I so blessed? Because we have not lost our first love. . .not just for each other, but for God. She was part of my coming to Christ, and I was part of her coming to Christ. We went to retreats and worshiped together and followed God’s leading in our dating then and now. We have special dates each week, and she gets a note from me every morning, “Good Morning Precious” notes. She greets me at the door with a hug and a smile. It should be like that in our relationship with God. We should continue to have the excitement and desire for God that we had at first. We should date God. It’s called a quiet time, worship, telling others about how good He is, and giving Him our best everyday! No matter what ministries or serving we do, don’t lose your first love!
– Charles Wise, Adult Education