Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Answering Machine Rant

The world would probably be fifty percent more efficient if people kept their answering machine / voice mail recordings to under 10 seconds.


Jen said...

Ah...finally a post on Marty's blog that doesn't require over 98% of my brain to comment.

YES! I completely agree.

Anonymous said...

How much must a husband and wife cling to one another and become one flesh (EP. 5:31)? Can they get their own rooms ...own sinks..own bathrooms? This isn't to be taken as a joke. But men and women have to spend time apart from each other in order to stay sane, do they not? Is it more pleasing to God to share and be driven "crazy" or to spend less time together and not be so annoyed?

ChosenRebel said...

Good question. Canthey get their own sinks and bathrooms? Perhaps. Can they get their own rooms? Probably not. There are limits to what is wise and helpful and what is counterproductive. In some cases, what drives us "crazy" and "annoys" us is not some wrongness in our spouse but some character flaw in us that comes up against something in them.

Love covers a multitude of sin (see Prov. 10:12 and 1 Peter 4:7-9). Too often a couple runs away from conflict rather than working together, under the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit, to overcome differences and blindspots and insensitivities.

It is not escape that pleases God but earnest effort at peace and harmony (Psalm 133). See for example Philippians 4:2-9 for a great example of two people in disharmony and what Paul urges upon them. Now if this is his counsel to two woman, certainly it would, at least, be his counsel to married couples where much more is at stake. Or you could go to 1 Corinthians 7:1-5, 10-11 and see what Paul says to couples having difficulty in their marriage.