"I like that central driving force in my life -- my love for God and people -- that is my faith, to be the thing that pumps life into every category. To be alive, to be effective is to not divorce the most important part of you from any other area of your life," Kirk said. "I think a lot of people do that today. They sort of keep their faith in this little box that they pull out on Sunday and they keep it in the corner (the rest of the week), and it's disconnected from everything else so they don't offend people."
Kirk stands ready to put his faith front and center as he brings to light his concern that nearly 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, a staggering statistic.
This husband of 26 years and father of six said he feels deeply about his own marriage and hopes to reverse the modern day norm of divorce and struggling marriages through "Love Worth Fighting For," a national marriage event tour.
"We want to give couples a new perspective on marriage -- put wind in their sails, and tools that will help them fight for the victories that are waiting on the other side of their battles," Kirk said. "Nobody wants to fail at family. We want people to leave here believing that love and marriage is worth fighting for."
Through comedic stories, life experiences, music and prayer, Kirk and singer-songwriter Warren Barfield are traversing the country to reach out to singles, couples contemplating marriage, newlyweds and couples who have been married for years.
"I know that family is the building block for the rest of civilization. So if I want a strong community, a strong country, we have to have strong families," Kirk said.
Spoken like a true leader.
This enterprising man of faith may not be a trailblazer on this topic -- "going where no man has gone before" -- but he is definitely on a mission to lead others to victory in their marriage.
(For more information about the Love Worth Fighting For tour, to order tickets, or for other locations, visit www.loveworthfightingfor.com.)
(Lucy Luginbill is a career television producer-host and the Spiritual Life editor for the Tri-City Herald. In her column, she reflects on the meaning of her name, "Light Bringer." If you have a story idea for Light Notes, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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