Morgan Farr is a mom, Bible teacher and physical trainer. In this clever Marriage UPGRADE, she encourages us to practice a "drill" during basketball's "March Madness" that can make our marriages stronger.
"It is basketball season and March Madness to boot," Morgan says. "Marriage and basketball have a lot of similarities, especially when it comes to the fundamentals."
Now I (Dawn) have been a basketball fan since high school and both of my boys played, but never once did I think of a parallel between basketball and marriage, so Morgan's words made me say, "Huh?"
Morgan continues. . .
I love basketball, and not in a "Oh, I will watch it if it is on kind of way." I love basketball in a "I love the stats, the dialogue about the game, and the replays " kind of way.
I love to watch the games, listen to them on the radio, and read about them online. I also really enjoy playing basketball with friends and family. There is nothing quite like the rush of adrenaline that you get with the ball in your hand during a full court press!
Basketball taught me some of my hardest learned lessons in life.
I learned things like:
- People will be better, smarter, and faster than you are.
- You will get knocked down at some point, but you have to get back up and finish the game.
- You can't win a game without your team, no matter how "good" you are.
The team lesson has been a good reminder in my marriage. I often think of my marriage as being a 3-Man Weave Drill.
In a 3-Man Weave Drill, the players start out at one end of the court and then sprint toward the other end—all the while interweaving each other (like a braid) while passing the ball to one another. If you haven't studied or practised the 3-Man Weave, then it can look really complicated and intimidating.
Early on in the drill it is not unusual to see athletes running the wrong way, bumping in to teammates, and stumbling. But when you watch athletes that are proficient complete the drill it a beautiful, almost fluid movement.
Here is a video illustrating the motion in this drill.
That is all great and wonderful, but what does the 3-Man Weave have to do with March Madness; and more importantly, what does it have to do with marriage?
Being a Christian is like being involved in a constant 3-Man Weave, but it is no drill.
The players are you, your spouse, and God. The three of you move together down the court (through life) interweaving and moving the ball—your family.
If at any point one or more of the players is removed from the court, the weave doesn't work. You can still move the ball down the court, with just two or even one player. But it isn't nearly as effective or easy to do it that way.
The Bible talks about this idea in Ecclesiastes 4:12:
"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken."
This is true in basketball and this is true in marriage.
With the madness that goes on in our world, it is important to keep our three players in communication and moving smoothly down the court.
Let me challenge you this March Madness season to fight the world's madness and focus on drawing close to your spouse and close to God.
What can you do to better run the 3 Man Weave in your marriage?
Morgan Farr is an Army wife currently stationed at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina, with her wonderful husband Brian and their two sons. She is a homemaker who dedicates her free time to ministering to other Army wives through Bible studies, one-on-one interactions and physical training. Morgan writes about her transition out of feminism and into biblical womanhood on her blog. You can find her training programs on her blog, FarrFunctionalFitness.blogspot.com.