Auditor: It is your duty as a citizen to pay taxes, and we expect you to pay them with a smile.
Taxpayer (grinning widely): Wonderful! I thought you expected me to pay them with cash!
Oops. My brain just hit a bad sector.
Thought for the day
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” (James 4:1 NIV)
James doesn’t beat around the bush. He says that the cause of arguments is conflicting desires. When my wants conflict with your wants, the sparks are going to fly.
The Bible makes very clear that there is three basic desires we have that cause conflict: possessions, pleasure, and pride. These desires are legitimate and God-given unless they’re out of control. When you put them above other people and they become the most important things in your life, they will cause conflict.
So what is the cure for arguments? It’s one of the hardest lessons to learn: humility.