One of the most difficult things we’ve had to learn over time is how to work as a team. I remember the days when my kids had to learn this in school. Every year without fail, the teacher assigned a group project. And every year they complained that it just wasn’t fair. Somebody on the team wasn’t trying. Someone wasn’t doing their share of the work. Someone was getting a free ride.
So it is with life. Sometimes teamwork isn’t fair. Sometimes my husband is outside shoveling snow while I’m inside a warm house sipping tea. Sometimes he’s lifting heavy furniture while I’m folding sheets. And sometimes I’m cooking a big meal while he’s on the phone.
As we got to talking about this today I was reminded of the many times we’ve carried each other over the years. The days when I was down and he lifted me up, the times when he was overwhelmed and I helped him find peace.
I’ve come to learn that while teamwork is hard, it’s worth striving for. We’ve seen how love gives without keeping score, and that some days it calls us to a place of grace. I know that love isn’t fair, for if it was, I’d owe my Lord far more than I could possibly give.
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Tilling the Soil
Read Psalm 147.
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow, but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, KJV)
Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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