Once landing in Kampala, Uganda it was an amazing time of ministry to children, teens, a local DOVE International church, leaders and couples. These precious people are both hungry for more of God’s principles, as well as, an encouragement in areas of prayer and faith-filled living. The Ugandan’s are an industrious people who seem to be working from daylight to after dark alongside a small kerosene lantern in order to provide for their families. There are literally thousands of little stands selling shoes, meat, handmade furniture, jewelry, etc. They are not dependent on others for their survival and I never heard them complain about life circumstances. I was privileged to be spending a week with them.
After hearing a teaching on biblical submission, one precious woman of God commented, “This is so freeing to us as woman and so encouraging for our husbands.” When I gave the overnight homework assignment of writing their own couple mission statement for their marriages, they returned the next morning with excitement to share their paragraphs. It was as if new life was breathed into their marriage relationship. One young pastor asked, “But what do I do if my wife will not agree to my vision?” I then challenged the personal pronoun of the word “I” and the possessive word of “my” and asked them to think in terms of “our.” How simple and yet so radically different for him when thinking about future vision with his life partner who he is one with.
Do you have a marriage mission statement for your marriage? It may just change the way you see submission, which literally means to come under the mission.