Tip #3 Serve together
**And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life** Philippians 4:3
You are probably asking yourself, “ Ok, what does this verse have to do with marriage?”
I’m with you, it took me a while to see it, too.
First, I saw the word yokefellow…yoke=partners…two working together and going in the same direction.
Then I saw the word “help”….and “ fellow laborers” …and “book of life.”
So, putting it all together, there are two people, called to help others like them, others with the same beliefs, and that are going in the same direction.
So, if you are married , you should be working toward a better marriage together. Also, once you find a few good solutions to your own marriage challenges, you are called to help others on their marriage path. What you freely receive, you should freely give. Does someone come to mind? A young couple that you could mentor?
Or, let’s say you are single. And you struggle with certain issues. Issues like relationships, loneliness, or having a purpose, to mention a possible few. Are there not other singles that you could partner with to help and encourage each other in these or other areas ? Helping each other stay on a healthy path emotionally is a great purpose! Could you find somewhere to serve together and help other singles do the same and broaden your own support group at the same time? The yoke is that much lighter when we carry it together!
These principles are not exclusive to the marriage relationship. It could be about parenting or workmates or families that are going through loss or illness. Burdens shared are easier when we don’t feel like we carry them alone.
The idea is that we are all in this together. We all share the same yoke, the same burdens and the same struggles. As a married couple, friends, sisters in Christ.
Serving together, whoever your partner is, helps us all to step out of our own issues and help someone that hasn’t made it this far yet. And that helps move us forward as well. It’s a serving circle of growth for everyone!