“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Romans 12:16-18, ESV
One of the greatest inventions, and greatest contentions, for a family has to be the toilet paper roll. It is a wonderful contraption, really, making it possible for us to use the restroom and be hygienic. It became a part of our culture with the invention of the “water closet” and it may have even been used in outhouses. It is a simple item that makes our lives easier and it helps to improve our lives. Why, then, are we so contentious about who needs to change the roll when it is empty? What is the big deal about taking the thirty seconds to put a new roll on the dispenser and recycle the old tube?
It’s about pride, choice and responsibility. Parents say it is the responsibility of the one who emptied the roll to make sure that it is replaced. Wives say the husbands should be more thoughtful and do it; some husbands say it’s the wives’ job to do it because she is in there more often. Kids say parents should do it because they are more observant that it needs to be changed and some people just don’t notice whether it needs to be changed or not. We refuse to “stoop” to the task of changing the roll when someone else should have done it. We will not allow ourselves to be taken advantage of by family members in this way. We say things to ourselves like, “After all, if I do it this time, I will be expected to do it every time” or “I will keep track of how many times I do this task and I will be sure to make everyone around me pay for the fact that I had to do it—again.”
Living in harmony with others is easier to handle when we remember God insists that we give thought to do what is honorable. God wants us to live in harmony, not haughtiness. He expects us to change paper rolls for the good of our family and to not keep track of our deeds to be able to “make them pay” later. Changing the toilet paper roll may seem like a lowly task, but it becomes honorable when we do it for the greater good of harmony and living peaceably with all—especially those within our own homes.
Thought provoker: What tasks can become honorable in your home by doing them for the greater goal of harmony and peace? Think of ways you can go out of your way to be helpful and harmonious in your home instead of haughty—then put those things into action!
Lord, please make me a vessel of harmony and peace today, even if it means doing a lowly task. Please help me to see the mundane as honorable and to do simple things joyfully to bring about harmony in our home. Thank You!
Have a good, Godly day!