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A couple was having marital difficulties, and the man went to see a marriage counselor.The counselor told the unhappy husband, "I'm a great believer in exercise.My advice to you is that you walk at least ten miles a day." About ten days later the man called the counselor.The marriage expert immediately asked the client how things were going. The man said, "Just fine.I took your advice.I've been walking ten miles a day, and now I'm a hundred miles from home!"A funny story, but the tragic truth is millions of people are getting farther and farther away from home, or at least farther away from what God would have our homes to be.Marriages are melting, homes are hurting, and families are fracturing because millions have walked away from God's will and way for marriage and the home. The resulting confusion and chaos has turned home-life into a hell on earth for many.

How can we find our way back to the home as God would have it?Ephesians 5:21-6:4 gives us a divine blueprint.A scan of this passage reveals essential attitudes which can enhance marriage and strengthenyourhome life.Your home as God would have it will have the following:
5:21-24- an attitude of mutual submission and cooperation between husbands and wives.
5:25-an attitude of love, giving, and self-sacrifice.
5:26-27- an atmosphere of moral purity.
5:28-28- an atmosphere of nourishment where every family member is cherished.
5:30-33- an atmosphere of unity, commitment, intimacy, and loving respect.
6:1-3- an atmosphere of obedience, honor, and well-being on the part of children.
6:4-an atmosphere of training, teaching, and discipline guided by love and the Lord!

The attitudes outlined in this classic passage provide a plan that will work for our homes if homes and families will work the plan.In this plan people are more important than things, mates are more important than money, and kids are more important than careers.John Howard Payne reminds us, "Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, be it ever so humble, there's no place like home."Home can be a place like no other.May God help us get back to the home as He planned it to be.

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ