Drawn from my archives
The tagline on this blog is “Empowering Wives to Joyfully Serve.” To some the word “serve” is music to the ears, but to others it’s detestable that I’d even suggest such a notion. To them, the idea of women serving in the home is archaic, old-fashioned, and out-dated. I say it’s refreshing!
The notion of 50/50, where couples give only as much as they are given is not only self-centered–it lacks strength, because what see here are two halves becoming one whole. In order to build a relationship that has life-lasting results, we need the strength of two complete people coming together in unity where each one esteems the other higher than themselves, and where each one is willing to give more than they take.
When the going gets rough—and it will at times—love requires 100 percent of our heart. I saw that first hand last year when after 60 years of marriage my parents discovered that my dad had numerous brain tumors. My mom who is suffering with COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) took care of him day and night. As I witness her labour of love I saw the value in serving others.
Putting my own thoughts aside, let’s take a look a Philippians 2, where we are instructed on how to achieve love and unity. Here we see three steps that empower us to joyfully serve:
- Give up any selfish ambition or conceit, including your need to be right.
- Humbly value others higher than yourself.
- Don’t focus on your own interests, but be sensitive to others.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. ~ Philippians 2:3-4, NIV
Humbly serving your family might be archaic to you, but for me it’s based on timeless wisdom that offers life-lasting results.
You are loved by an almighty God,
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