My wife and I just returned from a weekend marriage retreat. We used to attend them somewhat frequently. Used to. But during the busyness of life, the weekend getaways…well, they got away. To be honest, we were overdue for some reminders!
Without ever intending to, I had inadvertently failed to nurture the heart of my lovely bride. “Without ever intending to”…isn’t that part of the problem? We often aren’t very intentional about those closest to us. While I was busy trying to meet the needs of others, I was unintentionally overlooking the one who had taken my name. In a sense, as I was donating spiritual blood to those across the globe, she was bleeding from loneliness just down the hall. She shouldn’t have to beg for a pint of her husband’s blood; and with the Lord’s help, she never will again.
If we’re honest, this drift toward isolation is a danger in every home. It threatens to separate husbands and wives, parents and children, brothers and sisters. The natural tendency in every relationship is to drift – it’s the easy, downhill path. But, as John Maxwell once wrote, “Everything worthwhile is uphill.” Friends, good marriages are worthwhile – therefore, they’re uphill and they require work.
If our faith is to make a difference anywhere, may it be within our own four walls. Christ can make a difference – and He will. But, faith alone isn’t a magic fix; we must be willing to walk uphill with Him. And if our faith isn’t working at home, we need to be careful about exporting it.
In the quietness of this moment, let me gently ask – have you been letting your important relationships drift downhill? What will you do today to fight the natural drift toward isolation in your home? –Dave
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her (Ephesians 5:25).
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