Thursday, 10th May, 2018
Reference text: Acts 18:1-8
Acts 18:3 and because they had the same trade he stayed with them. They worked together because they were tentmakers by trade.
What did I seek in my lady? Someone who enjoys reading more because I read less? Or one who likes stepping out of their rooms because I prefer to stay inside most of the time? By the laws of electricity and magnetism, opposites should attract. This knowledge is often translated into our human settings to often mean a lot of things, especially in relationships; where it is purported that people are drawn to those who are polar opposite of themselves in terms of traits, likes and even habits.
As much as I sought some complementary traits, I was also on the look out for similarities. There may be research to buttress or debunk this fact, however, one thing that is true about human relationship is except any two people have things in common, it is extremely difficult to make any forward progress together. In other words, when two people have nothing in common, the only way they can work together is with great compromise and that does not bode well for whatever task they wish to perform.
Paul was in Corinth, which had a number of Jewish families. However, he chose to reside with Aquila and Priscilla because they shared a common trade of tent making and ‘they worked together’. My dear, as unique as any two sets of individual’s are, there has to be some overlaps to make their walk together successful. In Amos 3:3, it is written’ can any two walk together if they are not in agreement’.
These are non-negotiable parameters: agreement in purpose, destination and the approach to getting there. If these are not settled in the initial stages of any relationship, one can expect a very bumpy ride and an unsatisfying journey.
Remember # Don’t underestimate the power of ‘agreement’.