In overcoming some challenges in relationships that my stubbornness has contributed to, I’ve noticed that the situations did not get better when I got my way or when the other person got theirs. For me, the situation always got better when I became WILLING to set aside my pride, my wants, my point of view, my needs, and my issues for the benefit of the relationship. Whenever I am willing to meet the other person where they are, I then become able to overlook my own agenda in any dispute. The result is: the hardship or disagreement stops being a challenge. What was previously a sore spot in a relationship becomes a doorway – an opening to new opportunities, different perspectives, previously unthought of possibilities.
Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have. ~ 2 Corinthians 8:11-12, NIV