Back To The Basics – Works

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They run because it is the fastest way out of poverty in their country. The Kenyan Olympic team uses basic methods that produce olympic results.

The residents of Iten is well-known as the “Home of Champions.” And there is good reason for it. The town sits 8,000 feet above sea level, and it’s 6 miles down to the valley. This group of villagers are devoted to daily runs where the air is thin and the slopes are steep.

If a runner is privileged to be chosen to train in the Run-Fast Camp, they are given basic accommodations, simple balanced food and consistent training. But it’s not a fancy place by any means. Their diet consists of corn, beans, kale and sometimes a steak.

So why are their results so profound?

Experts say it’s because they want it. They know that to win in running is to guarantee success in life. As a result, every day at 9a. they line up on a red clay rutted road to run long, hard and fast as their fellow villagers look on shouting accolades and praise. Yes, they are the pride of all who call this place home. And for good reason.

They’ve proven the basics work!

What inspiration to apply to our marriages as well. We can get caught up with the latest book, seminar or comic speaker all telling us how to better our relationship, but in reality all we really need is a greater understanding of how the basic Biblical truths apply to us today.

The Bible teaches us:

  • Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. (Ephesians 5:25-31 ESV)
  • Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:22 ESV)
  • …let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Ephesians 5:33 ESV)

These attitudes flow from hearts who are more interested in the good of the other than they are in their own good. This is Biblical love expressed in the one flesh union of a husband and wife.

If you commit to do these basics, loving your spouse in this way, then your marriage is sure to grow. You may even win accolades from those who are watching from the sidelines making your home one of marriage champions.

How could you train yourself to love your spouse in this way?

It will take the help of the Holy Spirit to infuse you with His power from on high. But He is more than willing to help us. He’s promised to do so in His Word.

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About Debi Walter

Face it, marriage is hard work. But when cultivated daily the fruit produced will satisfy for a lifetime. We're here to help with ideas and encouragement along the way. Having been married 36 years and counting, we share what we've learned with practical tips, Biblical Truths, Date night ideas to help you plow your own vineyard for God's glory.
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6 Responses to Back To The Basics – Works

  1. theoddcoupleblogcom says:

    I’ve never had a problem with the Ephesians verse about submitting to my husband. When you are in a safe and secure environment its easy to submit. Now I might have an opinion and voice it. We usually discuss things and make decisions based on what is best for the family. He has the deciding vote but not once has he done anything that wasn’t best for us.

    • Debi Walter says:

      Yes, this is the way Ephesians 5 is supposed to work in marriage. We get hung up on what’s fair and forget we each must give 100% in order for marriage to function in a God-honoring way. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Celine says:

    I need to guided on this issue, how is it possible to submit to a man who is abusive, cheats on you, half his time he stays with the woman he has found and already have a child ( 1 year old) and the only thing he does is to tell you that you are now old for him just because the one he has got is younger than you and throws out ball your items in the house except 1 bag that you are left with. The situation is one leg in and one out. In that circumstance how should i submit?

    • Debi Walter says:

      Celine,
      We’re so sad to hear of your situation, but even Christ was rejected by those He came to save. Let Christ comfort you, lead you, and guide you as to how to walk through this in a way that honors Christ. It is hard to be rejected by the one who is supposed to love you, but your situation is not hidden from God. He hears you when you cry out to Him. We are praying for you. May this scripture from Psalms encourage you: “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
      and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18 ESV)

  3. Celine says:

    Thank you for the reply, and for your prayers, i cry to the Lord very often and there are times when i think that My Lord has forgotten me, the scripture verse is very uplifting, thank you Debi.Be blessed

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