The Problem with Greater

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

-John 15:13

God has something greater in store for you. He has a great plan for your marriage, for your spouse, and for your life. It's so great, in fact, that it is better than any plan that you could possibly come up with.

Greater than your wildest dreams.

Greater than what you are experiencing right now.

Greater than you could even imagine.

The problem with greater is that you have to let go of the things that are lesser. They just don't seem like they are lesser at the time. In order to receive the greatness that God has designed for your marriage, you have to let go of how great it is to get your way. You have to let go of how great it feels to have the last word. You have to let go of thinking only of your needs and wants. You have to let go of the great plan that you had for your own life - where you thought you would be, what you thought you would be doing, who you thought you would be doing it with. Get the picture?

It may feel good at the time to do things your way, but that is hindering you from the great life of peace and joy that God has designed for you. We have to make an exchange. We must give up one thing to receive another.

We must exchange individuality for union and togetherness, we must exchange "my" for "ours", "I" for "we", and "me" for "us". We must exchange something that may seem good for what God assures us is great.

Take an honest look at yourself this week - not your husband. What is God trying to elevate to greatness in you? What is He asking you to lay down so that you can ascend to the greater that He has called you to? Is it an attitude? a behavior? the words that you speak? Is there something in your heart that He is asking you to let go of so that He can grow you and your marriage?

Make the exchange today. Lay down the lesser things so that you can fully access the greater plan God has for your life.

Let me know what you will be laying down in the comments. I am praying with you!

Debra Cheek