Even as I spoke, I knew I had work to do!
He could have had any topic on his mind when he asked to meet. The one he chose was this: How could he lead his young wife – spiritually.
I don’t believe there’s one recipe that works for all couples. So, I encouraged him to sit down with his bride and thoroughly discuss what THEY wanted THEIR relationships to look like. I say relationshipS because there are his with her, his with God, hers with God, and theirs with God. All relationships are dynamic (or ought to be); therefore, I encouraged them to carve out something that worked for them, and not feel pressured to follow anyone else’s example completely.
Having laid that foundation, I suggested a few things that my wife and I had done over the years: reading through the entire Bible together in a year; reading couples’ devotionals together; praying together, etc. As I was throwing the ideas out, I realized that these were things we HAD DONE, but were not consistently DOING.
I went home and immediately found a couple’s devotional we hadn’t read. That night, I asked my wife if she’d like to begin reading it with me. There was a smile on her face and a tear in her eye as she said, “Yes, please!”
I’d gone to breakfast that morning thinking I was going to help a young man with his relationship; turns out he helped me a great deal too!
When it comes to your spiritual relationship together, is it more of a “have done” or an “are doing” thing? As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The time is always right to do what is right.” Why not start something together today? –Dave
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word… (Ephesians 5:25-26)
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