Our guest speaker at church this past weekend was Pastor Mark Ramsey from Citipointe Church in Brisbane, Australia. It’s always such an honor when he and his lovely wife, Leigh, come and share with us! Yesterday, he said something somewhat unrelated to his message, but very stirring to my heart. With regards to his bride, he said, “She is the inspiration, I am the perspiration.”
It was sweet and funny, but also deeply profound – she sees potential and problems that need to be addressed, and he comes up alongside her to help her achieve that which needs to be accomplished.
The bible tells us that husbands should submit to, and love their wives, as Christ loved the church. Christ gave up his very life, in deed and in death, for the church (his bride). Just as a valiant knight comes to fight the battle, so do our men rise up and slay the dragons. As wives, we are called to submit to our husbands – we discern a direction to go and then step back so our men can do work on our behalf. It’s a beautifully symbiotic relationship.
What a mighty team husbands and wives can be in this life! Women use their great capacity to love and to sense to direct, while our men use their great skill and strength to unite with us towards a common goal. Never allow old religious ideas to cloud God’s original intent for marriage’s sacred place in this life – together, we can accomplish much and be more fulfilled than we ever could be apart!