After last night's Juan Pablo disaster, it's no shock that some of ABC's million "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" viewers are questioning why they even watch "The Bachelor" in the first place. Well, I am one of those people.
There is something about romance stories that makes people's ears perk up. There's something even more scandalous about watching the story unfold on a reality television show. This is why so many people watch "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette." This is why I watch them.
Although "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" are not an accurate depiction of how real life romances unfold, I can't say that there haven't been a number of successful marriages.
As said last night on "After the Final Rose" (Juan Pablo's Season) by Catherine and Sean Lowe, "The Bachelor" is a television show that is televised and will be public whether Juan Pablo wants to keep his true feelings for Nikki to himself or not. It's also a show about love. And people usually go onto the show because they have a deep desire to fall in love and find their spouse. And the others? Well, there's much to be said about people wanting a "good time," fame and a payout.
But, that's another story.
My personal belief is that love can be found anywhere. God leads each one down their own path. I have watched many seasons of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," and have always desired to audition for the show. What has stopped me is the fact that I would not be able to filter the guys to my liking and specific spiritual preferences.
At the same time, Sean Lowe's story is a bit different. He was chosen to be on "The Bachelorette" and compete to win Emily Maynard's heart, he then became a fan favorite, and went on to star on "The Bachelor," where he met and proposed to the love of his life.
I respect Sean Lowe for sticking to his guns and choosing a wife who has the same values and religious beliefs as himself. And, I applaud him and Catherine for remaining pure until their wedding night. Both have had sexual experiences prior-which can make remaining pure that much harder- I know because my boyfriend of 11 months and I have been doing the same thing. Sean and Catherine chose to honor God with their relationship and in turn God blessed it.
According to TIME online, Sean is the first 'Bachelor' in 17 seasons to meet and marry the woman he proposed to on the show.
In a recent interview on ABC's Women Tell All (Juan Pablo's Season), Catherine and Sean expressed they have no regrets on waiting to have sex until the wedding night.
"There were fireworks," Sean said. And Catherine quickly rebutted, "quick fireworks."
It is interesting that Sean has been so forthcoming with his love for Jesus in recent interviews because although Sean talked about his spirituality on both "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," ABC did not promote this fact very much.
TIME, however, has captured Sean's testimony in a beautiful interview that you see above. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV): "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end."
Sean Lowe's story reminds me of Jeremiah 29:11:
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
All the while, Sean wasn't sure where God was taking him, but God knew. Now Sean can look back and see God's fingerprints all along.
At times it's hard for me to see where God is taking me also, but His fingerprints are always there. And so is His still, small voice.
Look for the fingerprints. I do. His fingerprints in my life are hearts. And God is leading me down my own path of life and love.
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