I admit I love a few reality shows. One of my favorites is The Biggest Loser. The transformation week to week physically and emotionally for theses players is amazing, not to mention motivating. The other night, I was watching and the Lord spoke to me. As one player was pushed to her limit and breaking, she would find herself tensing up and closing her eyes. Her focus became not what was ahead, but was in her mind. Defeat. The trainer took her to the side and gave her encouragement. That is the moment God pointed out the reality to me.
The Bible gives us clear instruction in Ephesians chapter 5 on how we should focus our eyes. Wives, we are to submit ourselves to our husbands just as we should to our Lord (Eph 5:22). Husbands, the Word says to love your wife and give yourself up for her just as Christ did for the church (Eph 5:25). Both of these verses are telling us to follow Christ's example. How do we follow someone's example? We have eyes wide open to watch and follow what we see.
If we have our eyes first and foremost focused on Christ and His example we will find ourselves looking upward. That focus will transform our hearts and mind. Once Christ has our heart and mind focused on Him the focus on our spouse will follow.
Shortly after the trainer spoke words of encouragement the player got back to her workout station; she began to find her balance and look forward. After a few small attempts to close her eyes again and empowerment provided by her trainer she accomplished her goal with eyes wide open.
My friends, scripture gives us the tools and the promises to succeed. We are not promised the journey to be easy. An easy journey doesn't require faithfulness and hard work. When you have worked hard and been faithful the journey has value and we find ourselves wanting to fight for it. Allow Christ be your trainer, He gives you the tools and the encouragement through His word. Keep your eyes wide open, focus upward and fight for your transformation in your marriage!
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