Tuesday Couch Potatoes: Love Story

Who doesn’t love a good love story? Especially if it involves lovely people? No one is immune, because the human heart is made to love.
I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying many beautiful love stories on film. Notably Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, Somewhere in Time, The Thorn Birds (a TV series but is in my list, nevertheless) When Harry Met Sally, Pretty Woman, Ghost, Sleepless in Seattle, Bridges of Madison County, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, The Notebook, Nottinghill, The Story of Us, 50 First Dates, Australia, Moulin Rouge, Slumdog Millionaire.
My most recent favorite is Fireproof. It’s not as cinematically accomplished as those mentioned above, nor as big-budgeted. But the principles it stands for are positives that more than make up for the lack of Hollywood glitz.
Fireproof (“Never Leave Your Partner Behind”) tells the story of Caleb, a firefighter, and his wife Catherine. Their marriage is disintegrating as they argue over every little thing. Catherine is tempted at work over a doctor who gives her the attention and consideration she craves. Caleb, meanwhile, spends his leisure time surfing the web, getting his fill of his poison of choice: pictures of yachts. He religiously saves up for the boat of his dreams and not even Catherine’s need for a wheelchair for her invalid mother will make him part with his savings. Getting more and more frustrated as their needs go unmet and dissatisfaction with each other mounts, they are headed for divorce.
Caleb’s father convinces him to put off the divorce plans until he has tried The Love Dares, a 40-day caring-for-marriage regimen. Caleb does the dares halfheartedly at first. When a day’s dare called for him to do something surprising for his spouse (if I remember right), he bought her a bouquet of flowers, but haggled with the florist for the cheapest, and ended up with a wilted bunch that elicited disgust from Catherine. The more he did the dares, though, the more he got into the spirit of things, and his love for Catherine was rekindled as she started to respond to his loving acts.
The turning point for Catherine came when someone anonymously donated enough money to buy the special wheelchair for her mother. She assumed the donor was the doctor to whom she was attracted. Later, she learned that Caleb had, in fact, given the money, from his savings, and anonymously.
This film helped me at a crossroad in my life. As my life experience has shown again and again, God’s timing is never off. And though bad things happen either by our own choice or the consequence of other’s choices, God is able to make all things work for good to those who love Him and are called to His purpose. The message of this film helped me take up my own dares: to dare to love my husband, dare to uphold our marriage, dare to obey God.
Which brings me to my Best Love Story Movie of All Time: The Passion of the Christ.
Indeed, “Greater love has no man than this, that a man gives up his life for his friends” John 15:13.
 For many more love stories like this, join kikamz and friends at Tuesday Couch Potatoes.