What is your 1 Corinthians 13 story?

1 Corinthians 13 has touched so many lives and relationships. Let’s start sharing some of these stories! We’ll start with mine…

My 1 Corinthians 13 Story:

It all started with my wedding followed by my co-worker’s wedding:

As much as 1 Corinthians 13 plays a part in my life now, I mistakenly declined to have it read at our wedding ceremony.
My wife Kathy and I on our wedding day.

My wife, Kathy and I planned a lot of unique aspects for our wedding. We both are creative and enjoy big productions and parties so when it came to our wedding we knew we would throw a fun production. I wrote a song for the wedding, my wife designed a logo. We made many favors that that defined who we were, built the brand of the wedding and included all the special people in our lives.

When it came to planning our ceremony, we had both our childhood pastors be part of the ceremony. Our siblings each played a role in the ceremony tapping each of their talents.

But we were lost when it came to the bible verse we would use. Kathy suggested 1 Corinthians 13, but with no hesitation I shot it down. I told her that it was overused and that everyone uses that verse. So we found some verse that I can’t remember. An unfortunate decision.

The wedding went great but we have no memory of the reading from that day.

Co-Worker’s Wedding

About a year later, a co-worker of mine was getting married and asked me to read at her wedding. She wanted me to read 1 13. It is frustrating for me to hear someone read at a ceremony and struggle through the reading because it shows me they did not prep. I feel it is an honor to read at one’s wedding and I better get it right. So the week before her wedding I read and reread 1 13 over and over out loud to make sure I would get the reading right.

As I read it over and over the amazing messages and rules of the chapter became clearer to me. The noise of it being overused dissipated and I was able to focus on the many messages this chapter had. I immediately began to recognize the mistake I made discounting this verse for my wedding.

I practiced and practiced until I was confident I would be able to read it clearly. It went well – after the wedding, a lot of the guests came up to me and complimented me on the reading.

From that weekend on, I had a newfound appreciation for 1 Corinthians 13. Whenever a wedding of a close friend or family member, or to read it during a church service came up, I volunteered. For my sister’s wedding, I gave her a sales pitch to try to convince her why she should select 1 Corinthians 13 and have me read it. (I was able to convince her.)

My 1 13 Passion Grows

A few years after my discovery of 1 Corinthians 13, I went to the funeral of one of my parents’ friends. His sons read 1 Corinthians 13 and I know they were going through a lot – they just lost their dad to a long battle with cancer, but they read the chapter like they would have read an operating manual.

I found myself frustrated. Why would they let such a beautiful verse, with so much power, so much beauty, be read with no passion for such a significant event honoring their father? That moment taught me how moving this verse can be and how easy it can be to neglect it. I have also been disappointed multiple times at other weddings and at church listening to others read it with no inspiration. This has fueled my fire for acknowledging what a special reading this.

Since then I have done more reading on the topic and have been fascinated with how it is presented in art, decor and tattoos. It has impacted me so much I have built a site dedicated to it!

So that’s my story.  How about you? Take a few moments to fill out this form. We’ll reach back out to you for any follow-ups.

What’s your 1 Corinthians 13 story?