Tug o' War
'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for people, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.' Colossians 3. 23
One sports day it came to the turn of the parents... This time it was for Tug o' War. Suddenly those who would never have dreamed of competing over 100 yards were looking very hungry indeed. I'm not sure if there are any tactics you can employ in a Tug o' War - other than to just pull as hard as you possibly can, until the other team give up or are dragged off their feet.
Sometimes that's the tactic we employ in our family lives too. We want our own way, whether we are a child, spouse or parent. We think we know what's best, for ourselves and everyone else. We can use our power (whether physical power, a loud voice, our powers of persuasion or an ability to manipulate) to get what we want.
Paul suggests another way. A way of humility and love. A way of service and sacrifice. This is the way of Jesus, and this is the way we follow.
Are you pulling as hard as you can to get what you want in a relationship?
Could you consider a different approach?