My husband and I created opening worship music for speakers Barb and Rick Wise last night at a church in our area. We had a great time (Dan got to play a beautiful baby grand with his drum tracks blaring through the monitor behind him – best of both worlds!), but the message from Barb and Rick was just incredible.
You can check out their website for a sample of Barb’s delivery style; it was very impactive. But, really, her story could almost stand alone. She speaks on abstinence, and because she lives with HIV/AIDS after casual sex in college her story has major power.
My favorite part was a visual she created with colored boxes. She began with four blue boxes that represented parental love. This was the foundation of the pyramid she was going to build. Then came the green boxes of friendship love. After that she used two red boxes to represent romantic love. Finally, at the top of the pyramid was a white box for unconditional love, the kind of love we need in marriage to stay committed and faithful. Barb demonstrated by jerking a blue parental love box out of the bottom that these blocks are dependent upon one another. The whole middle of the pyramid crashed to the floor when she described losing her dad to immorality and divorce.
This visual was a strong illustration of how God has designed a healthy pattern for love, but how fragile that system seems in our world today!
You WANT this husband/wife team speaking to your young people about premarital sex. They are normal and fun, but their message is serious and intense. It provides great tools for parents and young people who want to find God’s best for their sexual identity. Barb is genuine and passionate, and Rick is a honorable role model for young men.
Here’s to Barb Wise – A Rare Rock!