2 Challenges for you married men!
Can't leave home? These 2 challenges will change your life.
Challenge #1 - Read I Corinthians 13:4-7. Ask yourself, Does this describe me??
Challenge #2 - Read those same verses out loud to your wife and ask if you are this kind of husband.
If you accept the challenge, comment below "Challenge Accepted!"
But, you have to do both challenges!
So, we are all supposed to stay home because of this virus. Want a happy marriage? Here's something your wife will love AND you can do this for her while staying at home!
Gentlemen, you may think I'm crazy, but I want you to consider two things:
First, God calls us husbands to love our wives. Please notice that no where in Scripture does it say that our wives are to love us. That doesn't mean they shouldn't, it just means that God doesn't call them to do so. However, God does call husbands to love their wives.
Second, in John 17, we have an incredible example of what it means to love. Christ, our leader and Lord, humbled himself and washed his disciple's feet because He loved them so much.
So, if you love your wife...
and if you are following the example of Christ...
I would ask you to take the time to wash your wife's feet.
Lay out some nice soap, lotion and a soft towel. Get a big, warm bowl of water, and ask your wife to sit...
Before you speak, there are three things in your life that tell people whether they should listen to what you have to say or disregard you entirely:
Your walk with God;
If your walk with God is a struggle, or you are in rebellion...
If your marriage is poor and you and your spouse do not get along...
If your children have rebelled against your teachings and do not follow the Lord...
Then people will sense the disconnect between what you are saying with your mouth and what your life is saying, and not pay attention.
Leaders will argue that their walk with God, their marriage and their children are all in their private life and are not anybody's business. But that is never true. People know what is happening in those three areas by watching you, your reactions, your body language, your spouse and his/her reactions to you, your children's lives and your children's reactions to you. By looking at those things, they already know...
5 seminars, each two days in length. Approximately 100 pastors are expected, along with their spouses and elders. Day 1 covers "Godly Marriage". Day 2 is about "Raising Godly Children". Our goal is to give pastors what they need, in order to be effective in the ministry. A close walk with God, a good marriage and children following the Lord are essential.
Those 500 pastors will then teach 50,000 people in their churches. Talk about a great EROI - Eternal Return On Investment!
A few days ago, we delivered our first seminar and the response was overwhelmingly positive! My translator, who is also a pastor, called the senior pastor for our next seminar and told him that he must personally contact each pastor who was planning to attend and insist that they bring their spouses and elders, because this seminar was so important.
Each time I have spoken I have taught practical ways...
Challenge Your Assumptions!
Why do you do what you do? Why do you believe what you believe?
Most of your actions and your beliefs are based on assumptions that you have held for years. Are those assumptions blessing you and those you serve?
Take the next few days and carefully go through the different areas of your life - marriage, children, family, church, beliefs, business - and ask yourself how you think things are going. When you have thought it through, ask someone in each arena how they think you are doing - some one who will tell you the truth.
If all is well, then no problem. However, if your wife tells you your marriage could be better, or your kids are hesitant to talk, or your church isn't growing and lives aren't changing, then ask yourself, "What assumptions do I have that are not working?"
You may have gotten those assumptions from your parents, a book, something you decided years ago, or from someone else's example, but if they are not...