Our family loves playing games at the table. Trivial Pursuit to be exact. Since the kids were young, we’ve always played in teams, as I find that teams even the playing field. We eat, we play, and we laugh until we cry.
As I got to thinking about that today, I realized that some of the greatest lessons in love are learned at that table. We’re patient and kind when we’re working together, we’re not jealous or envious when our partner scores a point, or angry when they get one wrong. It’s our opponent we’re not kind-hearted with–in a playful way of course. But for those on our team, we encourage, we cheer, and rejoice with each other. Together we strive for the prize.
Imagine how much love would grow if we all realized that we’re on the same team. If we stopped to think for a minute who the real enemy was, and started fighting against him together. An enemy that seeks to destroy marriages, tear friendships apart, dismantle churches, and disrupt unity in the home… If we put down our pride and picked up our cross. If we stopped quarrelling with one other and chose instead to strive for the prize. If we put aside all jealousy and spurred each other on. If we traded our anger for grace. Not just with our friends, but even and especially those that we don’t see as friends.
Imagine what a great team we’d be, if we would only love as God loves.
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Tilling the Soil
Read 1 Corinthians 12.
I have two Bible verses for this one day, because I couldn’t chose.
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. (Hebrews 10:24, KJV)
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12, KJV)
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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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