When you look at your own life, what do you see?
This week’s feature is one of my favorites. If you can make it through the first 10 minutes without crying, you’re in for a treat.
The story of Carl and Ellie was magical in its simplicity and universality. Without ever speaking a word, they give us a sense of their love for one another, their commitment to one another, their absolute fidelity and willingness to give anything for each other. It is a beautiful depiction of the real love of a good marriage. The joys of starting a life together, the effort they put into their home and their work, shows the blessings of marriage in the friendship of husband and wife. Even in the midst hardship and disappointment, their marital love is completely apparent. Right to the last moment of Ellie’s life, that “love never fails.”
This is what a vocation is all about – and not just the married vocation. The call to follow God as the person He has created you to be is the greatest blessing we receive and the greatest gift that we can give. A person joyfully and faithfully living their vocation is a sign to others of the reality of God’s love for them and of God’s love for the world. It is meant to be lived – and lived out loud.
When others see us, they should see someone who wishes to know and do what God is asking of them. They should see someone who, in following their call, has found the true Source of our happiness. They should see God’s love made real in the way we live our lives.
Ellie and Carl knew that gift, and they lived it out loud and clear.
And not a word was needed.
When you look back on your life – or your children look back on theirs – what do you want to see?