At the moment you enter this world from your mother’s womb, human nature causes a new born to cry out. Whether this is out of hunger for food, frustration or a sign of a dirty diaper, selfish natures don’t hide very long. Perhaps this may explain why its hard for married couples to put aside childish ways as they attempt to become one flesh. Those marriages that fail can blame individuals who continue to work alone, unable to yield to a team concept. In an ideal setting, its always better when you work together with your soul mate.
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh, Genesis 2:24.
There is a scene in the 2017 film the Shack which illustrates this point. Mackenzie Allen Phillips played by Sam Worthington has a near death experience where he spends a weekend with God and Jesus. Following the tragedy of his daughter’s death, Mack spirals into a deep depression as well as developing bitterness within his heart toward God. During a series a conversations, Mack begins to come to grips with his flawed mindset. Like a disciple trained by Jesus, Mack is a slow learner, struggling to place his faith in God. After walking on water with Jesus’ help, Mack tries this on his own, sinking to the bottom. Laughing initially at Mack’s surprise, Jesus turns to him replying, “Its always better when we do it together.”
Two are better than one because they have a more satisfying return for their labor; 10 for if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and does not have another to lift him up, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10.
One of the wisest men to walk the face of the earth stresses the importance of a soulmate. Sure, not everyone is meant to become married, electing to remain single to follow their dreams. Yet, when couples work together as a team, joy, satisfaction and peace is found. After watching the Shack I felt compelled to consider how I can become a better teammate with my wife. When my wife Leanne and I first got married, each of us thought we would spend years serving in youth ministry together. Nearly 25 years later, its time to figure out how my wife can become a part of my blog Express Yourself 4Him. Although I’m not sure the role Leanne will eventually play, marriage is always better when you work together.
by Jay Mankus