November 11, 2012 by Stacy McDonald
Donald O’Connor once shared that one of his favorite dance performances was the one he performed with Vera Ellen, in the movie, Call Me Madame. He said of Miss Ellen:
“When we danced together the great thing about her was that she didn’t try to upstage you. Women dancers sometimes try to lead. We worked together and every movement we did meant something.”
Just as an elegant waltz requires someone to skillfully lead the steps, so does the well-choreographed dance of marriage require a husband to lovingly lead his wife. He doesn’t stomp on her toes; instead, with strength and purpose, and an ear for the great Musician, he leads the dance.
Men and women each have their unique roles and duties in marriage, which are equally important and essential to the ministry of the family. If the dance is going to be a success—if it’s going to flow without a lot of stumbling, someone is going to have to lead; and, for that to really mean something, someone else is going to have to follow.