The glue that makes us stick

Making and keeping lasting commitments is not beyond anyone. But to succeed we do need to go beyond a limited sense of love.

What is it that makes people stick with a marriage partner, stick with a job, with schoolwork, with the obligation to raise their children as best they can? Love. What we think of as "true love" seems at times an irresistible fire, welding our lives together in all sorts of new and desirable combinations—combinations that can seem as though they will last forever.

Why is it, then, that after the newness of the relationship has worn off, people sometimes find themselves losing interest, wanting to get another job or to stop studying a course they were once fascinated with, thinking about separating from the marriage partner to whom they vowed fidelity and initially committed so much of their time, energy, and affection?

The key to restoring a genuine sense of love and commitment lies in a better understanding of the power of God, divine Love—the ever-availability of this power and one's own role in expressing it.

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June 6, 1988

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