Friday, November 13, 2009

2 Timothy 2:23, 24

I had nothing to blog about today.

I thought about it....

I prayed about it....

And I just had nothing.

It's been a long and tiring week. I've been terribly busy at work (both jobs) and there have been lots of decisions to be made. And even in ministry work, that means quarrels. Sometimes over the smallest of things.
If you want to see the congregation split over a decision all you have to do is ask what color the sanctuary should be painted. As a PK and as church me on this. It can get ugly over the most trivial of things.

So, being completely exhausted and having given up on blogging today, I sat down and picked up my notes for a book review I'm writing. A couple of days ago a had scribbled on the bottom of the page 2 Timothy 2:23. To be honest, I don't even remember writing it. But I looked it up and here it is:

23Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels 24And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.

Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments. Really, how bad is it when we as Christians quarrel over the size of a font on the the new ministry website? Does it matter?

How about at home. Does it really matter if your husband wants the thermostat set 3 degrees cooler than you? Or who walked the dog last time?

What do these silly quarrels look like to our unbelieving friends?

So this weekend, by God's grace, I will make an effort to really let go of the little things. I will aim to avoid foolish arguments.

I'll even turn down the thermostat and put my new thrift store sweater on! Yes, the same one from yesterday...

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