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Marriage and Family: Two Ticks on a Dog

August 11, 2011

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)

I will never forget my dad showing up on a Saturday afternoon after his Saturday morning round of golf. He busted in the house telling me and my brothers to come outside to his car. Were we in trouble? Did he need our help? Oh, no, sure hope he doesn't have some kind of work for us to do? As I got to the car, he opened the rear passenger side door and sitting in the floor was a little brown fur ball. You guessed it, dad had brought home a puppy. Dad told us that while he was playing golf, he heard what sounded like a dog whimpering in the woods. He started searching for the sound and sure enough, he found a little puppy trapped in a pile of briars, crying. Dad cut him loose, wrapped him in his golf towel, laid him on the seat of his golf cart and brought him home. This was my first puppy. And guess what we named him. You got it, TRAPPER.

So what does this have to do with relationships? Well, you'd have to know Trapper to understand. The best way I could describe him would be a mixture between a wolf and a German Shepherd. He was brown and black with very thick hair. And he was absolutely the sweetest, most gentle dog a kid could have. But in all of that hair, no doubt he would get a tick from time to time. And this gets us to relationships. Our marriages, our friendships, in fact, all of our relationships from time to time will get a tick in them. In other words, there will be moments where a relationship will drain you. Where it will ask more of you than you think you can give. The problem occurs when the relationship is comprised of two or more that always take and never give. Eventually these kinds of relationship become empty as they are drained of their energy. That's why every relationship has to have a solid foundation built upon Christ supplying our needs and not other people. That’s why we constantly have to be reminded that we serve other’s not for them but for Christ.  He said of HIMSELF that HE did not come to be served but to serve (Matt. 20:28).  He demonstrated and declared there is no greater love than when we lay down our selfishness, our agendas, and yes, even our very lives for others (John 15:13)  So on the days that you feel (and all of us do) taken advantage of, unappreciated, empty and alone, remember the promise of God is that Christ will meet all of your needs according to the riches of HIS GLORY. In other words, on the days you are spent. On the days you have given more than you have received from others, on the days where you don't think you have anything else to give your wife, your husband, your kids, your parents, your friends, get back to Christ, admit you are empty and ask HIM to fill you again. Here's a clip of Jena sharing this at one of our conferences, click on the You Tube icon to watch. But before you watch it, ask yourself a couple of questions:

(1) What area of need in your life do you need to admit to Christ?

(2) What relationship or area in your life would you submit to Christ to fill.

In other words, if you could complete this sentence, how would you:

"My relationship with _______________________ is hard right now, and I

need you to _______________________________________!"


fully surrendered,

dale and jena

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Ella On Tuesday, November 11 at 4:40 AM
What an awesome way to expailn this-now I know everything!