by Roger Thomas

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Why Men Don't Ask For Directions (4 of 10)
Basic Prayer
Roger Thomas
James 4:1-10
January 28, 2001

It is one of those men are from mars; women are from venus issues. Men will drive around forever rather than ask for directions. Women are much quicker to ask for help.

It was so bad with one of the couples in a church I formerly served that they ended up on the Oprah show. Seriously! Kyle and Bev were a funny couple. You would have loved to listen to them talk. They were in their early thirties at the time. They had two young boys. Kevin was a coach and teacher who possessed all the typical male qualities of independence. They both loved to talk. However, it happened—somebody who knew them phoned the Oprah show in nearby Chicago with the suggestion that they might be good participants on a show on marriage issues. Once the producers met the couple, they agreed. So they put a camera man in the back seat and the sent the couple out onto the streets of Chicago with instructions to find a certain destination. They filmed the couple for quite awhile as they became lost in the city streets, Barb wanting to ask for direction and Kevin wanting to find his own way. Finally, Kevin stopped and asked for directions. Barb was quick to point out that when he did stop it was to ask the prettiest girl on the sidewalk for instructions. Oprah and her audience had a hoot talking to them about the experience.

Why are men this way? I want to insist that this is not just a male issue. It's a human condition. It is just more obvious in men when it comes to driving and directions. There might be many explanations. Stubbornness. Self-will. Independence. Pride. Over confidence. Maybe all of the above at some point. On the other hand, studies do show that men have a better sense of direction that women. We just don't get lost as . . . From the look on my wife's face, I think I had best leave this line of reasoning alone!

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