Respect dare series – day 33 – Build together, bear together

Galatians 6:2-5

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

It’s easy to become self focused and forget to look out for the needs of our spouse. I often use motherhood as an excuse not to help out. Mostly it’s a fairly legitimate reason, but often I could help more if I prioritise Glenn and let some of my own ambitions to be chipped away at more slowly. Glenn has a fair bit going on in his head at the moment and on his plate to juggle. I want to be a willing helpmate and hard worker that helps him bear his load.

My action for today: As I write this, we are at the end of an amazing, but tiring church healing conference. This has been circulating in my mind for the last two weeks as I’ve supported Glenn in a very busy season and throughout the length of the conference. It was more than worth the extra effort and tiredness (aka exhaustion) for us and what a privilege to model for our son what working together as a married couple looks like. When one is sowing hard, the other is right behind them, providing shelter from the sun and water for rehydration.

My prayer for today: Thank you, Lord, that you have made us stronger together. Thank you for valuing relationship and teaching us to value the same. Help me to lay down my life in service of my family and the Gospel. There is such joy and in working with you and finding our rest in you, too. In Christ’s name, Amen. 

Standing behind him. He won’t walk alone.

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