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A Note for the Guys…

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

We’ve been in the depths of football season now for several weeks. It’s our favorite time of year! Championship games for College Football are in beginning this next week and in the pro’s things are just beginning to get interesting. You can bet I’ll be watching till my Packers get another Super Bowl ring!

This time of year is also very important for many wives. My wife is included in this. My weekends tend to revolved around the television and whether the game is on ABC, ESPN 1 or 2, or NFL Network. The few times I get up from there are for lunch and dinner and bedtime and church. Then I am back at it.

I’ve been challenging myself and others recently to think about whether we are doing everything we can for our wives. This doesn’t mean turning off the tv for good, but it means show your wife how much she is worth by putting her above your favorite team.  My bet is, she wants you to enjoy it, but she also wants you. She needs your help, and from time to time she needs you to leave behind the game (even though its tied in the 4th quarter with :45 left) and come help her.

In our house its becoming more and more like Christmas. My wife is amazing at turning our house in to a tasteful reminder of how sweet Christmas is. However, she needs my help. If she needs me to put some lights on the house, help with the Christmas tree, or start washing dishes so everything is right when the family comes, then I will.

You can ask my wife, I am not perfect at this, in fact she may not even know that I challenge myself with this thought very often, but its my duty and my privilege to give my wife the #1 spot over my team and my weekend.

If you are learning how to be more supportive to your wife, I recommend you read For Men Only by Jeff & Shaunti Feldhahn. They will give you great wisdom on what your wife needs from you. So whether you are in the first 5 years of marriage or you’ve been around the block a few times, these are insights you need to know about.


Signs & Minds

Yesterday, I began meeting with some men from church. We are starting through 1 Corinthians. It was great! One of the things I enjoy most about meeting with a group like this is that scripture comes alive! When I am sitting at home or in my office reading my Bible, I am reading to retain and learn. However, when I am discussing truths and application with others, I find that God’s Word become alive and becomes very real!

I love the passage from chapter 1:18-31. Paul is talking about the confusion that is brought in by these people who are demanding of miraculous signs and wisdom for the mind. These people are everywhere! They are looking so hard for something that is just not there. Paul says, Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? …but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles…for the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

I find it funny that while the world is so hung up on finding the small, minute details to unlock the secrets of the world, they have missed whats right in front of them…Christ crucified. Listening to the other guys talk about how they see this play out in their own lives was great! They talked about how real Christ is in their lives. We chatted about how we make it real to others.

One of the goals of this group is to determine what part scripture and truth plays in our “Circle of Influence”. We all have a circle of influence, but not all of us utilize it as best we could.  I think Paul gives a great challenge to us and others reading his words, “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.””

This week, determine who is in your circle of influence, and let them know who you get your wisdom from!