The Mission Of Your Marriage - The One Year Love Talk Devotional for Couples

The Mission of Your Marriage

The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD.

Psalm 32:8-10

Few obstacles can deter a person who has a passionate mission. It’s what propelled William Tyndale to work for years in translating the Bible into English for a lay readership of the sixteenth century. It’s what emboldened John Adams to envision a new nation, the Wright brothers to build the first successful airplane, and NASA to land a man on the moon. Obstacles abounded in every case, but it was a mission that kept them going.

If you don’t see the value of having a mission or purpose, you need to know about Ramchandra Das, who lives in Bihar, India. In order to access nearby fields for food and work, Das and his fellow villagers had to take a 4.3-mile trek around a mountain. In time, he and the villagers grew weary of this obstacle, and Das became a man on a mission. With just a hammer and chisel, he cut a 33-foot-long, 13-foot-wide tunnel through a narrow area of the mountain. It took him fourteen years.

But Das wasn’t the first person to embody such a mission. He was inspired by another villager, who cut a 393-foot-long, 33-foot-wide, 26-foot-high passage through another mountain so that villagers could reach a local hospital. That man landed on his mission when his wife died because he was unable to get her to the hospital.

Few obstacles can deter a person with a passionate mission. That’s why, on this second day of the new year, we want to challenge you to explore your mission as a couple in your marriage. It goes right along with setting your sail for the coming year. In fact, what we are proposing is nothing short of building a compass for your relationship—a compass in the form of a marital mission statement.

We know this may sound intimidating—or corporate—but it’s easier than you think. Simply begin with the words: “Our purpose as a married couple is . . .” We know that could lead in a hundred different directions, but how would you two finish that sentence? What comes to mind first? Take a stab at it. There are no right or wrong answers. This is simply a start in the process of articulating the mission of your marriage. So draft some ideas and don’t get hung up on making this the perfect and ultimate statement. You’re not writing it in stone. You’re just setting a measure for yourself to gauge in the coming months. Try it today.

Intimate relationships cannot substitute for a life plan. But to have any meaning or viability at all, a life plan must include intimate relationships.

—Harriet Lerner

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The One Year Love Talk Devotional for Couples
By Dr. Les Parrott and Dr. Leslie Parrott

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