Thoughts by Chap: The Marriage Yoke

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So I was thinking…marriage is a lot like farming animals.

There is an old legend, we might call it, that a Farmer had an ox and a plow, and he did so well one season he was able to purchase a second ox and plow. He believed with two oxen working, he could double his earnings the following season. Well, as that time came around, the beasts-of-burden were put to work. But, in the course of work, one of the yokes broke.

The Yoke is the harness that rides on the shoulders of the animal allowing it to pull the plow through the ground.

Now the farmer had a dilemma. Beast-of-Burden needs to work, or any number of bad things begin to happen. Ultimately, the farmer’s solution was to refashion one of the single yokes to accommodate both animals to work side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder.

The Farmer soon discovered, the two animals working together, were far more effective and efficient than working individually. The whole became greater than the sum of its parts. This is a perfect picture of marriage.

How are you working side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder with your spouse? How are you helping the other accomplish his/her goals?

Marriage is about mutual love and benefit for the betterment of the other. It is a choice to love your spouse at each moment and each day. Perhaps an expression of that love is a compromise, a sacrifice, a delay in reaching your own goal to allow the opportunity for your spouse to achieve theirs.

Just as the Farmer must look years down the road to know what to plant and where to plant it, marriage, two people yoked together, must look years down life’s journey for the success of both individually and as a couple. And you’ll discover that you are far more effective and efficient in accomplishing your goals when you’re working together. When you are sharing the yoke of life.

Those are my thoughts. What are yours?

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