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Why Aren't You More Normal Like Me? (1 of 3)
Series: Trading Spaces
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Gen. 1:27 (NIV)
WOMEN ARE CONNECTORS; MEN ARE COMPARTMENTALIZERS
• Gen. 2:22 (NIV)
WOMEN ARE INTUITIVE; MEN ARE ADVENTUROUS
• Gen. 2:7 (LB)
WOMEN ARE COMMUNICATORS; MEN ARE NOT
1. Understand Each Others' Differences
• Gen. 2:23 (NIV)
2. Accept Each Others' Differences
• Gen. 2:25 (NIV)
Have you seen this new show, Trading Spaces? I mean, it's the hottest thing on cable television right now. How many of you, especially you ladies - I know you like the show - so how many of you have seen Trading Spaces? Okay, yah. Now in case you haven't, the premise of this show is they find two couples who actually trade houses with each other for a few weeks, and they redecorate a room in the house. Now you have to understand that they each get an interior decorator to help them. They get a carpenter, and they get a certain budgeted amount. Now these decorators aren't your normal decorators. They don't just come in and slap a coat of paint on the bedroom wall. They do wild and weird things - like they paint a bedroom black with mirrors on the ceiling. You know - just a lot of strange things - these decorators are out there. So the great thing about the show is when they trade spaces back, watching the reactions as they walk into their house and they see the room that's been redecorated. Now the reaction is usually one like, "Wow! That's interesting, very interesting. I like it. Ya, ya, I think I like it a lot. Uh-huh." And you can tell they're thinking, "What in the world did they do to this room in my house? It is so ugly, and I can't express myself on national television!" Now every once in a while, they just can't hold it in. They'll walk into the room that has been redecorated, and they'll just start to ball. They'll just cry. They'll shed tears. Those are the best shows. My wife and I love to watch it when tears are shed. The typical reaction is one of tremendous surprise that they can't believe the decorator's taste is so different than their own taste.
Now, I'm starting a new series today that I'm calling Trading Spaces. It's about understanding the opposite sex, because we're always surprised that the opposite sex is so different from us. So, for the next several weeks, we're going to trade spaces and try to see it from the other's perspective and in order to gain a little bit of understanding so that we can give each other the space to be who God created us to be. In fact, in this series, I'm actually going to trade spaces with my wife for a day; and the cameras are going to follow me around for a day as I do the things that she normally does in a day. I'm not looking forward to that. That's going to be tough.