Does reading and/or watching the Hunger Games series make you feel a little giddy inside like it does me? There’s nothing like a love story (or love triangle) that keeps me turning those pages or keeps my eyes glued to the TV screen and I’m sure you agree. As women, we’re romantic at heart and want to see every character get their happy ending. What’s wrong with that?
Whether you’re Team Peeta or Team Gale (you’ve picked a side, haven’t you??), it’s fun to predict who Katniss will end up with. Which then leads you to think…who will I end up with? That’s a perfectly normal thought and one I entertained many, many times before I married my husband. One thing we must understand is that Katniss’s love story is fictional, and it can’t completely be compared to a real-life love story.
There are some aspects of the Hunger Games love triangle that can be realistic and some that are just unrealistic. Let’s take a look at some of these:
- Katniss being torn between two great guys that care about her. Real
- Peeta and Gale being jealous of each other’s relationship with Katniss. Real
- Katniss being oblivious to her feelings about Gale before the Hunger Games.Not Real
- Peeta being the sensitive/caring type and Gale being the strong/silent type.Real
- Peeta always knowing and having the right things to say. Not Real
- Katniss feeling comforted by Peeta while in the arena. Real
- Katniss and Peeta sleeping next to each other night after night without anything physical happening. Not Real
It’s good for us to have realistic expectations when we enter into any relationship, but especially a dating one. Scripture gives us an excellent example of what love should look like in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”
When you are dating and out there looking for Mr. Right, scripture tells us that these are the qualities of love to search for and to possess yourself. If these qualities are not present in your dating relationship, there is a problem. Real love, although it takes work, is out there and you can have it. In Colossians, we are told to “put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” (Col. 3:14)
God knows that we need to feel loved and we need to love others. It’s how He made us! He made us and loved us FIRST. (1 John 4:19) Therefore, as Christians, we are called to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Mat. 22:37) If you love God and put him first, then you can find a guy who does the same.
Although there are lots of aspects to the Hunger Games series that have absolutely nothing to do with love (like death, starvation, poverty, etc.), a love story is there underneath it all, and I gotta say, I’m a sucker for love stories.
Just make sure that your real-life love story can withstand the 1 Corinthians 13 test! True love is worth fighting for…I’m sure Katniss would agree.