A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton



Well, we just finished cleaning out and defrosting the freezer, TOGETHER! 

Have I told you Bob is a perfectionist and I am not.  Is that enough information?  Thought so.  He is melancholy-phlegmatic and I am Sanguaine-Choleric, need I say more.

Here is how it went.  We opened the door and turned off the freezer, we emptied the freezer and all of that went well.  Next I noticed he was tugging at the freezer, I was wondering if he intended to move it to clean under it.  Nope, he was taking it to the sun.  Ugh that, to me was odd.  He must have decided it was too, because he left it.  He put the fan blowing on it and I watched the water pour out of the little spout being sure it didn’t run over the container.

We did really well until I thought I had wiped it to perfection (mine not his) and he said, “Would you wipe around this light?”  I said, “It really needs it.”  He said, “you always degrade me.”  That didn’t feel so good to me, because I had to admit sometimes I do. It’s my personality!  But, wait a minute is my personality a good enough reason to number 1 degrade and number 2 not submit?

Submitting to my husband is one of the hardest things for me.  I admit it right here and now.  How can I submit when I think I am right?  Yet often it really doesn’t matter if  I’m right I just want my own way. Read Ephesians 5 and Colossians 3, I have some praying to do.

Well, there you have it Sunday morning at my house.  We are still friends, he is puttering, getting things just right in the garage after the freezer cleaning and I am writing to you.  Thanks for listening.


Comments on: "Working With My Man. . ." (5)

  1. You are so honest and open, Nancy. I believe that has something to do with your sanguine nature. Oh that we could all be so transparent. It would be easier to hold people accountable, and I think we might possibly be more gracious when someone admits they might have a flaw here and there. Don’t we all?! Isn’t it amazing how God continues to grow us in our relationships? Just a few weeks ago I discovered something aboout my husband’s personality that helped improve our relationship–after 47 years! I’m so glad God (and our spouses) don’t give up on us.

  2. nancyoutlook said:

    Thank you for your comment! Personalities are just so interesting. God knew we needed variety, it is just odd to me that we seem to attract someone who is very different than we are and then try to make them like us. I am thankful that God never gives up on us and our relationships.

  3. My hubby and I are almost the same personality (with a few minor differences) and we have a hard time working together on household tasks. We have different definitions of perfection. I am still not sure how I married someone with a similar personality….. love him dearly!!

  4. nancyoutlook said:

    Interesting Carrie! Robin and her hubby are very much alike and it makes for a great marriage.

  5. I agree with Karen ~ you do a great job of telling us the honest truth. Thanks! I also like hearing about my mom and dad 🙂 God is so good to work with us and keep us growing! We just have to continually let Him do His work – not always easy!!!

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