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National Marriage Week Challenge: Day 6 (2/12/2014)

“It’s not so much about gender roles as it is personal dislike”

You probably know some men who vacuum and some women who mow.  Most homes divvy up chores more by “who likes to do what the least” rather than by gender roles these days.  So most us don’t say things like, “That’s something women just don’t do” or “That’s not the man’s job.” Instead we might say, “That’s not for me.”

One of the great stories about Jesus:

“… so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him” (John 13:4-5)

Talk about roles.  The master washed the feet of the servants.  No way was this the right role, yet Jesus wanted to teach his apostles something important about service. He wanted to teach us something: If it needs to be done to communicate love, then do it.

What do you hate to do that has to be done?  Forget about traditional roles, gender roles, or normal roles in your home. Do something for your spouse that he or she knows you hate to do and let them know that Day 4 of the National Marriage Week Challenge calls for you to wash feet – so to speak. And this passage in John 13 is your M&M passage for today.  Commit it to memory.

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