Valentine's Night my husband and I finally got to see "Fireproof." For those of you who are not familiar with the movie, here is the official description: Lt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter's adage: Never leave your partner behind. Inside burning buildings, it's his natural instinct. In the cooling embers of his marriage, it's another story. After a decade of marriage, Caleb and Catherine Holt have drifted so far apart that they are ready to move on without each other. Yet as they prepare to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb's dad asks his son to try an experiment: The Love Dare. While hoping The Love Dare has nothing to do with his parents' newfound faith, Caleb commits to the challenge. But can he attempt to love his wife while avoiding God's love for him? Will he be able to demonstrate love over and over again to a person that's no longer receptive to his love? Or is this just another marriage destined to go up in smoke?
It was not a cinematic classic by any stretch of the imagination, but it is unique in that it shows a couple working on their marriage, something that is very rarely seen in movies. I also found it interesting that it shows the marriage at the seven-year point, which is one of the major crises in a marriage. In that sense, it is very realistic. Although, I wondered why the couple had no children (it wasn't addressed at all in the movie). Basically, the "Love Dare" is all the ways we should normally treat our spouses. Kindness goes a long way. This movie has a great message, that marriages are worth working on and that choosing to love is as important as feeling love. It is a message all of us who are married need to hear.