Bible Verse: “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. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.” Ephesians 5:25-28

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 3:1-16

Once upon a time, a group of soldiers became lost in the Alps. They were hungry and disoriented. They argued about which way to go, but in the fading light, every peak looked the same. The soldiers had no chance of surviving the night in the freezing temperatures. One of them found a map sewn into the lining of his kitbag. He plotted a route and marched them briskly back to base. Later, when they were warm and well-fed, the soldier looked closer at his map. It actually was of the Pyrenees—hundreds of miles away. It’s like the old saying, “When you’re lost, any old map will do.”

Leadership entails vision. Otherwise, where are you leading people to? If you don’t know where you want to go to—and if you can’t communicate that direction effectively—then you have no right to ask people to join you on the journey. The same thing goes for being the spiritual leader of a family.

Husbands are not to rule like a dictator over their wives and children; instead, they should lead by influence and by example. They should exemplify, with their voice and their actions, attributes that bring glory to God and value to their spouse and family. The fruit of a good, biblically-based husband is a strong, confident, spiritually mature family. A good husband helps bring vision to the home.

Reflection: Write down the purpose for your family. How are you leading your family to that purpose? What steps can you practically take to lead your family to that goal this week? Call a family meeting and talk about it.

— Sam Casey , founder of Banyan Creative and contributor to Uncommen

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