Love is an Investment
by Diana Scothorn
The quality of our investment will reciprocate our return. The greater the value of our investment, the greater the return. I’ve found that achieving success in any area of your life takes time and investment.
I hear people longing for better relationships, children, bodies, health, and finances. The word of God is the ultimate advisor on all investments, and over the years my most significant investments, outside of God’s word, are my husband’s children and career.
My husband and I look for new ways to love each other regularly. We never rely on yesterday’s love to fill us up today. Eating the same food every day for your entire life would get boring, and I feel the same way about love.
It’s easy to slip into the habit of taking something you currently possess for granted. My husband has an easy-going, playful, loving, and patient spirit, and it stems from the fact he’s confident in who God has called him to be. We’re two strong people with bold confidence in the Lord, yet he’s not threatened by who God has called me to be. Security in who we are in our own roles brings a bond of trust and commitment secured by God.
Any successful marriage lies on the solid foundation of…
…security in God, to allow each other to be who they are; when you have relationships that are off-balance or top-heavy, so to speak with who is going to be “the boss” it causes couples to pull in different directions.
I’m so very grateful to have a confident man of God who allows me to be his wife and the woman God called me to be. However, we both focus on continually investing in each other. Any level of success, if you are not careful, can begin to become complacent in your yesterday’s victory!
It would be so easy to let our relationship slip into a mundane, routine love. Then before we know it, we would have a dull, everyday relationship. The more I search for ways to love my husband, the greater his love becomes for me!
Galatians 6:7 says, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. In verse 9, it says not to be weary in sowing, for in due time, you will reap the harvest. Although many people take this scripture to be about money only, that’s not the only case. When you invest in anything, you will reap the reward, including your spouse.
John 13:34 tells us, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. It is not as easy for most men to be creative about love, so instead of expecting love to be the way I think love should be, I have found that investing in little ways to love my husband brings clarity to what I want in return. My husband and I have simple little things we invest each day in one another. They are simple reminders not to take each other for granted.
A good morning kiss before we roll out of bed shows affection the moment our day starts. He wakes me up playfully every morning, and the moment my feet touch the ground, we wrap our arms around each other and pray. This shows our commitment to God and each other. We pray for our marriage, family, friends, careers, and clients. This shows our commitment to love others. A marriage centered around prayer brings fulfillment!
We ask each other how did you sleep, do you feel rested? This shows we care. We ask if we dreamed because so often God will speak to us in dreams, so we love to share them. We begin our day in the word, separate from one another, for that is a time for personal intimacy with God. This reminds us God comes before our relationship!
We invest in a healthy lifestyle and work out daily, which keeps our bodies desirable for each other! We thank God every night as we lay in bed for our day, no matter how bad it may have appeared since the word says, God responds to a grateful heart.
We go on date nights once a week and hold hands as we go to sleep, as well as everywhere we go. We take every opportunity to complement one another. We practice being courteous listening to each other before interrupting or thinking we know what the other will say. ￼
James 1:9 says, Therefore”, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” This is a continual investment we work on, and this investment pays big dividends!
We encourage one another and most importantly, we believe in each other. The more we learn to love with the heart of Jesus, the more we will see His love in the heart of the ones we love!
When you realize love is an investment, and begin to do your part in the investment, the rate of return, is worth the weight of the investment. No deposit equals, no return. Simple acts of love make a huge difference in the course of a lifetime of loving. As you invest in loving, you become vested in love for life.
Diana Scothorn has a heart for helping women succeed, with a focus on a strong, spiritual, mental, and physical core. Diana’s background in the health and fitness world began with one of the most iconic names in fitness, Richard Simons. Overseeing ladies’ health clubs for 10 plus years allowed Diana to step into a passion for marketplace ministry even before ministering the gospel in business was widely accepted.
She’s been married to her prince charming, Stewart, going on 12 years, and they enjoy spending time with their 4 kids and 8 grandchildren. Both are ordained ministers of the Gospel, serve on the board of several well-known ministries, and are also co-owners of, The Benefit Link, Inc., a market place ministry business, which has been number one in the field for over 25 years and is licensed in all 50 States, serving senior citizens in need of compassion, prayer, and guidance when facing the challenges of the Medicare maze.
Diana’s been featured in Society Magazine’s Successful Business Women of the Year for 2018, 2019, and 2020. As an international speaker, Diana has traveled abroad for over 10 years, along with her husband, to help support missions throughout Europe and South America, focusing on funding the Kingdom and advancing the gospel.