Men and Gift Wrap

23 Dec

A funny from clown-ministry.com:

“This is the time of year when we think back to the very first Christmas, when the Badly-wrapped Christmas PackageThree Wise Men went to see the baby Jesus and, according to the Book of Matthew, “presented unto Him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh”.

“These are simple words, but if we analyze them carefully, we discover an important theological fact; there is no mention of wrapping paper.

“If there had been wrapping paper, Matthew would have said so.

“‘And lo, the gifts were inside 600 square cubits of paper.  And the paper was festooned with pictures of Frosty the Snowman.  And Joseph was going to throweth it away, but Mary saideth unto him, she saideth, “Holdeth it!  That is nice paper!  Saveth it for next year!  And Joseph did rolleth his eyes. And the baby Jesus was more interested in the paper than, for example, the frankincense.'”

“But these words do not appear in the Bible, which means that the very first Christmas gifts were not wrapped. This is because the people giving those gifts had two important characteristics

  1. They were wise.
  2. They were men.
“Men are not big gift wrappers. Men do not understand the point of putting paper on a gift just so somebody else can tear it off. …
On the other hand, if you give my wife a 12-inch square of wrapping paper, she can wrap a C-130 cargo plane.” *

Men and woman are just different. Those differences affect everything they think about and everything they do.
Bill and Pam Farrel talk about those differences in Men are Like Waffles; Women Are Like Spaghetti (Harvest House, 2001). They write, “It is possible to make too much out of the differences between men and women, but it is also possible to make the opposite mistake. If you want to have relationships that add to your life rather than make you exhausted, it seems to us that the place to start is with an understanding of the uniqueness each gender brings to the relationship.”

The Farrels explain that men tend to compartmentalize their life and responsibilities, while women process life through connections, and multitasking is typically how a woman operates. The important point is, “God made men and women different in many ways,” and yet they “complement one another so beautifully that a healthy relationship makes both partners more complete.”
Bill and Pam recently celebrated their 31st anniversary, and they are deeply in love. That kind of love doesn’t just happen. They work at their marriage, and they have fun with it, too ~ enjoying their differences and making much of how God has blended their lives into one unified powerhouse of ministry.
They wrote, “We find these differences fascinating. It is sometimes difficult having to adjust to your partner’s ways, but it is also humorous and enjoyable.
It’s the perfect approach to relationship in marriage:  love each other, lean on each other, learn from each other … and don’t forget to laugh with (not at) each other!
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