Do you know what a ‘Pony Pull’ is? I had never heard of it until our pastor mentioned it in a sermon last Sunday. The description reminded me of a truism in marriage.
A pony pulling contest can be seen at fairs and festivals in towns like Perry, Oklahoma and Shipshewana, Indiana. There are rules and regulations, but the gist of it is ponies are hitched up to a cart of cinder blocks to see how much weight they can pull. My understanding is that ponies train for this event by working their way up to increased weights, and the pull is a very short distance.
The amazing thing about the process is not how much weight the ponies can pull (which is pretty amazing), but how much they can pull together. Pony One may be able to pull 1000 pounds alone. And Pony Two may be able to pull 1200 pounds alone. So, it stands to reason, that together they could pull 2200 pounds, right? But those two ponies, combining their strength, can pull 3500 pounds together – maybe even 4000 pounds!
And so it is in marriage. One spouse putting forth effort in the relationship is good. Both spouses individually putting forth effort is better. But when we as husbands and wives work together to accomplish our goals, our strength is magnified beyond what we can do as individuals. One plus one equals two. Unless it is one husband plus one wife working together as a team – that equals “sky’s the limit” to what can be accomplished!
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