Monday, February 24, 2014

"We did it!"

As far as I'm concerned, the best moment of the Sochi Olympics was when Noelle Pikus Pace realized she had just won the silver medal in the skeleton event.  She climbed the fence separating her from her husband, threw her arms around him and said, "We did it! We did it!" over and over while he held her tight.

No competitiveness, no keeping score, just pure teamwork.  

These days, there is a lot of blather in the evangelical world about what women should be allowed to do in the church and in the world, how wives should give up their own dreams (unless their dreams are to be mothers and nothing else) and support their husbands without reservations, how men who support their wives' dreams are "man fails."  (Yes, that really happens.)

In the secular world, the conversation is often different--how husbands and wives have to angle and compete for power in the relationship, how neither can really be trusted to meet the needs of the other, how sacrificial love is for suckers.  

That's why it was such a joy to see the moment of triumph when the dream that a husband and wife dreamed together comes true.  

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