You remember Adam and Eve, right? As the First Couple, they had it made, and they got in Big Trouble. Yes, we remember Eve started the whole thing. Deceived by the serpent, she ate the forbidden fruit first. Then convinced her husband to eat as well. But Eve wasn’t who God came looking for, was she?
Like it or not, the buck still stops here … with you, man.
I’m constantly amazed by the weight of responsibility you guys carry on a day-to-day basis. Most of you do it with amazing style and grace. But it’s truly a struggle.
And I understand that … more than you will ever realize. My goal is to help your wife understand that, too. So I often recommend that women watch the movies Fireproof and Courageous because if a picture’s worth a thousand words, then a great movie is worth a million more.
“You’ve got me? Who’s got YOU?”
One of my favorite movie scenes is in Superman: The Movie. Lois Lane (played by Margot Kidder) is holding on tight to a strap, the only thing that’s keeping her from falling to her death from the News helicopter that’s hanging precariously off the side of the Daily Planet building in Metropolis.
Her yellow hat drifts to the ground and lands right in front of Clark Kent (played by Christopher Reeve). He looks up and springs into action. Without a proper phone booth in sight – anyone remember those? – he spins around in the nearest revolving door and emerges as Superman.
Just as Lois’s strength gives out and she begins her rapid descent, Superman swoops up to catch her. He tells her not to worry because he’s got her.
Lois looks at him in amazement, then down at the ground, then back at her rescuer. With notable anxiety in her voice, she wonders who’s got him!
All too often women expect men to be as invincible as Superman, forgetting that men are human, too.
Yet the God-given responsibility of leadership
requires superhuman strength.
And that’s where The Holy Spirit comes in.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (Ephesians 5:25-27)