Karl and I rarely fight. Seriously. We have our issues, but we don't usually get into bad arguments. It's just not either of our styles. Now, we have passionate debates about things not directly related to us as a couple (like theological issues, for instance), but I don't call that the same thing. So, this morning, when we got into a ridiculous argument about CDs being in their proper places, it was definitely not the norm. In some ways. However, for some random reason, this has been an issue in the past. I am the more organized and anal member of the family. Karl is much more laid back. I think we both pride ourselves in these things, too. I like being organized. He likes being laid back. Thus, when our roles reverse and he is frustrated because I can't seem to keep CDs in their proper places, I get really defensive and stubborn. Such was the case this morning as he was searching for the Bible on CD to take to work. Two were missing, and while one was found right away, the other took some time to locate...and I was very, very stubborn about admitting I needed to work on this. SO, then, right after he leaves, I open up my Bible to do my daily reading. It's a predetermined list of scriptures and today's readings were in Isaiah and Philippians. Here's what I read last:
"Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ?
Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit?
Are your hearts tender and sympathetic?
Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other,
loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose.
Don't be selfish; don't live to make a good impression on others.
Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.
Don't think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too,
and what they are doing.
Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had.
Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God.
He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave....
in everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing....
(Phil 2: 1-7, 14)
Just a couple of days ago I read about God disciplining those he loves. He definitely loves me!