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Topic: Husband and Wife (08/08/14)
TITLE: Sorry, Charlie
By Trudy Newell
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“What’s the problem, Charlie?”
“It’s Brad and Kim.”
“What! I thought things were going great. Weren’t they getting a divorce for incompatibility?”
“But, Boss, Kim met Patsy and they had coffee together.”
“Don’t ‘Boss’ me! I told you to keep her away from Patsy. She’s dangerous! One of the enemy’s warriors. How did that happen?”
Hothead glared at Charlie. Charlie trembled as he explained how the enemy had put a hedge around Kim.
“Someone must have been praying, Boss.”
“How many times have I told you our enemy is sneaky! Charlie, it is important that we break up homes and marriages. Don’t give up. Come up with a plan ‘B,’ or the Big ‘B’ (Beelzebub) will be talking to you.”
“Kim still struggles with the ‘S’ word (submission). She thinks it means to be Brad’s puppet. Bill cramps her style. She loves her high-power job, and is very career oriented. This doesn’t leave her much time or energy to work on her marriage. She loves Brad, but doesn’t know how to communicate with him.”
“What about Brad?”
“He doesn’t understand Kim’s needs. He’s far too busy keeping ahead at work. Like Kim, his energy and strength are gone by the time he gets home. He tends to criticize Kim for not keeping the house in order and wishes she would cook more often. Brad also has his eye on one of the gals at work, and uses his computer to access the most interesting stuff. So far Kim hasn’t found out about that.”
“Okay, Charlie. Stir the pot! It sounds like there’s enough going on to keep the marriage off kilter.”
During the next few weeks God was at work doing some amazing things with Brad and Kim. First of all, Brad was under conviction about his disobedience to the Lord. He went to Pastor Rob to seek counsel. Together they set up a plan of accountability. Kim could not believe the transformation.
At the same time Kim had times with Patsy which opened her eyes to the high calling of being Brad’s wife. Her attitude changed completely.
Then Brad took Kim on a surprise weekend away. It was the first time they had really talked with each other in years. They read the Bible together, prayed together, and enjoyed each other’s company in a new way. During this time Brad shared his failures. It came as a shock to Kim that he was watching porn on the web. They cried together and recommitted themselves to the Lord and each other.
It was a bit complicated to work through what they would do now. Lots of changes needed to be made. They discussed Kim’s job. They discussed the long hours Brad was working. They discussed their expensive lifestyle.
After their weekend away, Brad and Kim talked with Pastor Rob and Patsy. The following Sunday they publically recommitted themselves to the Lord. The whole church was thrilled, and began praying for them.
“Boss, I need help! Those Christians are praying.”
“Charlie, that’s YOUR problem! Why didn’t you step in and distract the believers from getting serious with the Lord, especially about Brad and Kim?”
Later, Hothead came up to Charlie with a smirk. “Charlie, you’re not much of a cook. Even after six millennia you haven’t learned how to stir the pot. The Big ‘B’ wants to see you. Believe me, it’s not ‘us’ who’s in trouble, it’s you! Sorry, Charlie.”
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