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October 24, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Jesus . . . got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”—John 13:3-5 (NIV)
See if you can you relate . . .
We know we should be Christlike, but sometimes we just don’t feel like being Christlike—especially in our marriage. There are times when we just want to run away for a week and live life as a single person or speak in an unkind matter when angry with our beloved.
It’s natural for us to experience moments like these, but it’s so wonderful that we have a heavenly Father who draws us close to Him and says “It’s going to be ok. Just take a breath and come sit at my feet.”
During these moments, He reminds us that marriage isn’t about “me” but “we.” He reminds us how we entered into a beautiful covenant not only with our spouse but with Him, and that marriage is about self-sacrifice and humility.
The Scriptures show us how our Lord Jesus lived a life of self-sacrifice and humility. One of His greatest acts of this was when He washed His disciples’ feet. The beauty of this act was that it took place on the night He was to be betrayed and handed over to his enemies to be crucified. Even while He was experiencing a heavy heart, He put aside His position of authority and took the position of a servant and washed the disciples’ dirty, filthy feet.
By doing this, Jesus showed all of us what it’s like to be one of His followers—to humble ourselves to do even them most unpleasant things so we can become a servant. This is powerful! It’s a great reminder for us to understand that in marriage we should not have an expectation to be served, but instead, we should meet our spouses needs as we serve. We need to turn away from being selfish, and instead become selfless.
Will this be easy? No. Why? Because it goes against every natural fiber in our bodies. But with Jesus all things are possible. This month, the Married Couples Ministry would like to partner with you to help you build a better “us.”
Challenge 1: Acts of Service
Let this month be a month full of acts of service. Find ways to serve your spouse so you can help make their life easier. It could be anything, like folding the laundry, cleaning off the table after dinner, or washing their car. Great creative and have fun with this. You’re the closest person to your beloved, making you the best person to know how to bless them and put a smile of gratitude on their face!
Challenge 2: Foot Massage
This month, bless your spouse with foot massages! Go to your favorite store and purchase a bottle of message oil or lotion and then surprise your spouse by giving them a nightly foot massage for an entire week. This is a perfect way to help your spouse relax after a hard day of work—and maybe they’ll surprise you and reciprocate the jester.
Challenge 3: Weekend Getaway
With summer here, it’s the perfect time to plan a surprise weekend getaway. Plan a trip to your spouse’s favorite city or surprise them by taking them somewhere they’ve never been. It doesn’t have to be in another state, it can be a state-cation. Take this time to relax and reconnect with each other.
We want to hear from you! E-mail MarriedCouples@CalvaryFTL.org about your date night story! Share your dates on social media by tagging your photos with #SoFloDateNight to encourage other couples with what the Lord is doing in your marriage!