Marriage is a unique and intimate relationship; however, it is not so unique that the concepts applicable to other group endeavors cannot be applied to what two people experience in marriage. Simply put, while it may be easy to compartmentalize our thinking about how marriage works, we must be aware that if we want to build a healthy and productive marriage, understanding the dynamics and importance of teamwork is crucial.

Similar to functioning within a workplace team, you and your spouse need to first be unified by shared core values. Secondly, you and your spouse must learn how to establish the ground rules for decision-making. Thirdly, it is important that the goal and purpose of

what issue is being decided upon is aligned between each spouse.
More so, there needs to be a mutual accountability where you and your spouse communicate freely in evaluating results against goals, identifying opportunities for improvement, and celebrating achievements. This interaction is best experienced when it takes place within an atmosphere of mutual respect and transparency (as openness, honesty, and collaboration build commitment and trust).

When there is a shared vision, open communication, and honesty among team members—the chances for success in the workplace greatly improve. And when you and your teammate (spouse) apply these same principles to your marriage, you will experience greater satisfaction and create space for greater joy, peace and fulfillment.

…we must be aware that if we want to build a healthy and productive marriage,
understanding the dynamics and importance of teamwork is crucial.

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Some things to do for the week

Day 2: Reflect on the message and scripture reading; journal if you like
Day 3: Pray for or meditate on what you think you need
Day 4: Discuss the message and scripture with your spouse
Day 5: Plan how you can best respond to the message
Day 6: Rest; don’t think about the message or the scripture; listen in the stillness
Day 7: Recommit yourself to your marriage

Applicable scripture listed under Discussion References.