The Unrolled Toilet Paper Theory

How many of you have participated in the age old debate of how the toilet paper roll goes?

It’s a harmless debate but I would bet at some point married couples or college roommates have argued over this topic. 

The other night I had this revelation and I told my husband. “I have discovered why there are two ways people place the toilet paper roll!” (No we aren’t boring people … ok maybe a little) any way 

I went on to tell him my theory is that a genius human or animal parent realized turning it “the wrong way” would prevent their cats or kids from mindlessly unrolling the entire thing!  

I doubt expounding is necessary but it got me thinking about all the debates that arise in our culture. One person along the way finds a different way that works better for them. By trade I provide anesthesia and believe it or not there is multiple ways to do this! It’s quite an art and I enjoy learning new tricks of the trade as I progress in my chosen field. Are there ways that I don’t agree it should be done, ABSOLUTELY! The beauty in that is neither myself or the opposing provider is wrong. We can both be right and both still provide great anesthesia.

So why do people get so salty when someone doesn’t do things their way?

Does it really matter why Ol Henry turns his paper different? 

Now those that don’t put it back on the roll, ya’ll are just heathens 🤣🤣

All joking aside, I think it is paramount to learn and to teach the next generation how to manage conflict. These small conflicts make way for how we respond to large ones that can set the tone for future relationships and careers. When I see grown adults pitch legit temper tantrums because something isn’t done the way they expect, I immediately envision my 3 year old throwing a fit over me trying to get her dressed! 

As everything else The Bible has great examples of how to handle conflict. 

In Acts we learn about the apostle Paul and his close friend Barnabas. Barnabas actually taught Paul how to preach. We see in Acts 15 where they disagree on a matter who should travel with them. You can read the whole story there but a key verse stood out to me:

“Their disagreement was so sharp that they separated. Barnabas took John Mark with him and sailed for Cyprus. Paul chose Silas, and as he left, the believers entrusted him to the Lord’s gracious care. Then he traveled throughout Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches there.” Acts of the Apostles 15:39-41 NLT

Paul and Barnabas disagree “so sharply”. When I envision this disagreement the cheery side of me thinks they just had a conversation and decided to part ways. After reading how vehemently they argued with some men from Judaea over circumcision I highly doubt the conversation was very “nice”.

I’m only speculating my thoughts on this though, Luke (Author of Acts) only says they disagreed and went separate ways. 

Im inclined to think Paul was right in this moment because he went on to teach thousands about Jesus and we only hear Barnabas name again when Paul is speaking of the past. 

The take home I have here. 

We will disagree with other believers at some point in our life. How we handle it, well that is what separates us from those who don’t follow Christ. 

Paul’s word in Galatians about how the Pharisees persistently require circumcision is a guide to how we should deal with the battles that come our way. 

There were gentiles that did get circumcised but that did not change Gods love for them. Paul urged them to follow love and not be anxious around the constant scolding about circumcision. 

Here are some example from Galatians. 

“Those who are trying to force you to be circumcised want to look good to others. They don’t want to be persecuted for teaching that the cross of Christ alone can save.” Galatians 6:12 NLT
“And even those who advocate circumcision don’t keep the whole law themselves. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast about it and claim you as their disciples.” Galatians 6:13 NLT
“It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.” Galatians 6:15 NLT

If you look back through the Old Testament circumcision was in fact a very important part of the law. When Jesus came and died for us He freed us from that law! He gave us the Holy Spirit to be our advocate. 

“What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation”

There are aspects of every religion where traditions or task are required or expected of the members as an expression of their faith. 

For mine, once you are saved it is followed up by baptism. This is a symbol of Christ’s love for us. He came, died, was buried and rose again. We are baptized in an effort to symbolize our life as a new creation.

Our pastor says something frequently “now go live the baptized life”. When he says this it always reminds me of my own salvation and how important it is to live my life as Christ intended. A life of love and grace. Having courage to share what Jesus did for me.

After reading Galations 1-6 I love how Paul says it

“the newly created life” 

Are you transformed into a new creation? Are you calling on Jesus and yielding to the Holy Spirit? When you feel strongly about something you must check that with our Father. Put you own need to be right behind and seek out His will.

Only He can give you the guidance you need to combat the overwhelming feeling of being right. Only He can soften the hearts of the opposing side if they are wrong.

Trust him and use the Bible as your sword, it is, after all our best defense.