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August 9, 2020 | Doug Sauder
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“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.”—Titus 3:1-2 (NIV)
If you’ve been married for 25 years or more, one of the greatest privileges you can enjoy is mentoring a younger married couple by sharing your married life with them. To have the ear of a young couple just starting their lives together and wanting to glean from you on how to succeed in marriage is very exciting. But, it can also have a down side—you can sometimes feel as though you’re being watched under a microscope, feeling as though the couple you’re mentoring is questioning whether or not you and your spouse actually live out the advice you give them.
In Titus 3:1 we’re told “to be ready to do whatever is good.” Sharing our lives with others is good! It not only blesses the people we share with, but it also blesses us. We should do this as often as possible, whenever possible. And when we do, we need to be authentic and brutally honest about our life experiences. As we do this, we’ll be a tangible example, reminding others of what Paul wrote to Titus: “to be obedient . . . to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle.”
At times it can seem scary when we’re living our lives for God and answering His call in our marriages, but His blessings will over shadow any fears we may have. We need to put our trust in God and keep pressing forward, knowing He will continue to guide us in our marriages and use us to bless others.
This month the Married Couples Ministry would like to partner with you to help you build a better “us.”
Date Night Ideas for August
Challenge 1: Start a Book Club
This month, invite a few couples to take part in reading a book on how to be a stronger, healthier couple. Try to invite couples that are in different seasons in their marriage. This will give you and your spouse an opportunity to share your wisdom as you build stronger relationships with each other.
Challenge 2: Couples Casino Night
If you’re still not comfortable being out in public yet, then bust out your deck of cards and chips and spend the evening playing your favorite card game. If you don’t want to bet with real money, you can always make bets for chores, personal favors, or massages.
Challenge 3: Fun in the Sun
Spend the afternoon playing in the sun—go to the beach, ride your bikes, or visit your favorite farmer’s market. Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen!
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!