Yesterday, Pastor Matt wrote about growing together…better. He used the example of a roommate or spouse’s quirky habits – leaving the toilet seat up, throwing clothes on the ground, chomping ice or other inconsequential by annoying tics.
In our daily staff devotions, we discussed the habits that drive our spouses or significant others crazy. Along with the examples above, we shared these:
- walking/ambling without purpose
- excessive hand washing
- putting a glass still being used in the dishwasher
- walking in the house with work boots/shoes
- start eating a meal when the rest of the family hasn’t arrived (so it will be hot)
These are just a few of the annoying habits we have as a staff!
As we discussed our quirks, two scriptures came to my mind.
Sharpened by Quirks
Proverbs 27:17 (MSG)
You use steel to sharpen steel,
and one friend sharpens another.
We need each other. We need each other to rub our rough spots off. We make each other sharper. Many of us in the room have been married 15, 20, 25 years, and we still do the same things!
I need to accept my wife’s quirks (much fewer than my own!). Why? Her quirks rub off my rough edges. It makes me sharper. It teaches me to love and accept her and others unconditionally.
A small group of believers meeting together does the same thing. We don’t all see the same things the same way, so when we mix, we knock off the rough edges of our beliefs, thoughts and actions.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (MSG)
9-10It’s better to have a partner than go it alone.
Share the work, share the wealth.
And if one falls down, the other helps,
But if there’s no one to help, tough!
11Two in a bed warm each other.
Alone, you shiver all night.
12By yourself you’re unprotected.
With a friend you can face the worst.
Can you round up a third?
A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.
If you learn to put my quirky, odd habits aside (and me yours), we will be stronger. We’ll connect. We’ll grow. We’ll bond.
Ultimately, I’ll help you stand, and you’ll help me. Even better…add another person or two to the group. Our strength doesn’t add or multiple…it’s exponential!
Sunday, Pastor Matt challenged us to join a Grow Group. I can guarantee your group will be full of quirkiness – much of it yours and mine. If you let it, that quirkiness will make you a better, stronger and more healthy person.
Grow. Together. Better.