Cause to Pause

Today’s Bible Reading (from Genesis 18-19; Matthew 6:1-18
Wednesday’s: Genesis 20-22; Matthew 6:19-34

Marie Armenia wrote a wonderful piece about marriage in her column “No Laughing Matter.” The article noted some struggles she and her husband had in the early years of marriage over the issue of bananas. She liked to keep the bananas cold in the refrigerator and he did not. “The Bananas War” followed, with each moving the yellow fruit to the place of their choosing only to find them later switched back by their spouse. Over time, they learned the deeper merits of true love and began cherishing the desires of the other more than themselves. Now, decades later, she notes “The Bananas War” still resurfaces from time to time, but it’s uniquely different than when they first married. He will occasionally slip the bananas into the refrigerator because he knows that’s how she likes them, and she will take them out because that’s what he prefers. Marriage is a beautiful instrument for whittling away selfishness.[1]

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4, NASB)

Best regards,
Mark Dillman
Minister, Airport Rd. Church of Christ

[1] Mature Living, September 2016, pg.71.