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The Third Option: Summer Semester (Week 7)...Personality Differences


Several years ago, I was asked to coordinate a women's retreat. It was clear that God was calling me to this position even though I was not very good at. As I prayed about who should join the team, God prompted me to ask three ladies that I did not know very well to share the leadership role. These ladies were affectionately nicknamed “My Not Ladies”. Not one detail of the weekend was neglected because these ladies were everything I was not. They filled in all my gaps. When we sat down together to assign roles, one of us always replied, “I will do that. I’m really good at that.”


Did you tie the knot with your “not”? Sometimes this creates conflict, but it can be something to celebrate as Paul David Tripp so beautifully illustrates in his book, Marriage - 6 Gospel Commitments Every Couple Needs to Make


The fifth gospel commitment is: We will deal with our differences with appreciation and grace. Here’s what he has to say about that…


“Celebrating the Creator, we will face our differences with hope. God places lilies next to rocks. He places trees next to streams. He causes bright sun to follow a dark night. He made the muscles of a lion and the delicacy of the wing of a hummingbird. One way God establishes beauty is by putting things that are different next to each other. Isn’t this exactly what God does in marriage? He puts very different people next to each other. This is how he establishes the beauty of a marriage. The moon would not be striking if it hung in a white sky; in the same way, the striking beauty of a marriage is when two very different people learn to celebrate and benefit from their differences and to be protected from their weaknesses by being sheltered by the other's strength.”


-Sarah

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