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When my bride and I were married 40 years ago we made a vow to love and cherish each other until death. As I've reflected on these vows it dawned on me that we are in the season of cherishing one another. Most of us understand the importance of loving one another but do we understand the need to cherish our relationships. Like love, cherish is an action. Webster defines cherish as to hold dear: feel or show affection for; to keep or cultivate with care and affection. To Cherish one is a premeditated action. Here is my take.

I choose each day to cherish my wife by my actions. How? Not just telling her I love her, but showing thru hugs, embraces, and the joy of her very presence. Just as in our daily devotions & tasks we have to make it a priority until it becomes part of our DNA. When we cherish another, we look past their faults and see the real person. At this point a relationship moves to that level of cherishing one another. This is a beautiful place in a marriage or any relationship, but it can easily be lost if we allow ourselves to become consumed with the world around us.

So my challenge to each of you today. Start with your spouse. You know what to do. Make it a priority to show them affection and cultivate an atmosphere of cherishing.

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