Every Thursday during the month of April, we are thrilled to have our son, Jason, guest blogging for us. We’ve given him creative license to write about whatever is on his mind and heart concerning marriage. We believe you’ll be blessed by his writing gift, but more importantly by what he has to share.
Jason has been married to his lovely wife, Ashley, for nearly 7 years. They have two adorable daughters, Bristol (5) and Willow (3), with another one due in September. He works at a local university in their Editing Department.
What Jurassic Park Taught Me About Love
With the upcoming release of Jurassic Park 3D, I was recently thinking about my first time seeing the film twenty years ago. I was ten years old, and I loved dinosaurs (and still do). I remember my parents saying that the movie looked too scary, and I would have to wait until I was older. Then one night while I was out driving with my dad, he pulled in to a drive-in theater that was showing Jurassic Park. I don’t know if I’ve ever been more excited in my life, and I still think about that night every time I drive by the lot where the theater used to be.
That night only cost my dad a few dollars and a couple hours of his time, but it meant the world to me. I wonder how many similar opportunities surround me each day. Times where I could bless my wife or kids with a surprise or just some encouraging words. I’ve realized that the more I pay attention, the more opportunities I notice.
It can be easy for me to turn on the autopilot in everyday life. Morning, work, lunch, home, rinse, repeat. Days can tend to blur together as time goes by. But by doing something simple like bringing home flowers for my wife or some unique fruit for the kids, I can make the day memorable for them. I don’t want to underestimate the influence my active presence has on my family.
The tiniest gesture of consideration for someone else can create a happy memory that will be cherished for years to come. Be proactive and look for opportunities. You might be surprised with the ideas you come up with.
As for me, I’ll be staying in this weekend. Those dinosaurs are scary.
What spontaneous things have you done for your spouse to bless them or make them smile? What could you do today to show your love and devotion to your children above all others?
This is post #4 in the challenge to post everyday in April.
I think that is the ultimate test for parents. All this crap about quality time- it’s quality time when you choose to do something that will elevate your child- either mood, intellect, emotion, whatever. That’s the quality time they recall and from which they can grow and learn to raise their own years later.
Amen, Roy. Preach it!
I am so very proud of my Grandson and who he is today. He is a great writer, and wonderful husband and an awesome father. I always knew he would be all of these things someday and he did not let me down. Love you Jason!!
We are proud of him too!
Love this post Jason! Not only a sweet reminder of going the extra mile for your spouse, but also a tender reminder that the little things we do as parents make a big difference too. How special that you have that memory with your dad.
Great post Jason! If only we could see how deeply some “small acts” bless those we care about.
Spontaneity is good a good habit. Thank you for sharing your story. Very special. Nice guest post.
Thank you, Carol. I agree–the best times are usually the ones we didn’t plan, they just happened. I wonder if these aren’t when God whispers in our ear and by His grace we hear and respond.