“We bicker like family, but we really do love each other.”
I heard that while watching a documentary about Pentatonix – whatever member said that about the rest of the group, it made me stop and think. Why do we just assume “that’s what families do – they bicker?” Does your family argue, fight and fuss at each other? Bicker isn’t a word I use every day, so I
looked it up Googled it. Bicker is a verb that has two meanings:
- To argue about petty and trivial matters.
- To flow or fall with a gentle repetitive noise; patter. (like water)
Growing up, bickering was not allowed in our house – ever. That strictly enforced rule created a habit between my sister and me. We don’t bicker! We haven’t always gotten along, but for the vast majority of our lives, our exchanges have been pleasant. My sister is a naturally nice person, but I cherish the fact that I can call or hang out with her and know our conversation will be kind. If you’re a parent, I hope this encourages you to outlaw bickering. It will go a long way in creating good relationships between your children.
The second definition immediately brought a verse to my mind:
“A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike.” Proverbs 27:15
God used this verse to convict me recently. Paul and I don’t argue (for one, he’s a sports official. Have you tried arguing with a referee? It’s not usually very successful. LOL) but I really love a good rant. If someone does something I don’t agree with, I really enjoy telling Paul exactly what I think about the situation and what I’d love to tell them. I’m still working on this! Even though my irritation is not directed at him, my attitude sets the tone in our home. If we had children, I would be telling them (by my actions) that it’s okay to raise your voice and argue when things don’t go the way you think they should.
Because my husband officiates sports, he hears a lot of bickering at work. Moms, dads, coaches, assistant coaches and anyone else who doesn’t agree with his decisions let him know exactly what they’re thinking. I want to create an environment in our home that’s totally opposite of what he faces on the court.
Do you want your home to be a place of bickering – arguing about petty, trivial matters? Do you want to be an annoying sound like a constant drip from a leaky roof? I don’t! I want my home to be a safe haven of love and kindness, and I really believe that begins with me. We all have a good example to follow, found not far from that quarrelsome wife of Proverbs 27:
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:26
If you find it hard to be loving to those in your home (it happens!), 1 John 4 is a good place to start. God’s love is the diving board that launches us into the pool of loving others. Don’t accept the world’s standard that families always bicker. Turn off that annoying leak and let some love into your home!