which way is the proper way for the tp roll

If I refill it, it goes to the back.

If my spouse does, it rolls over top.

Which way do you think is the proper way? Please comment below and we can have a tally to see whose a winner, but does it really matter?

I used to think so! I would even switch it or demand it be put on the ‘right’ way. But, is there really a ‘right’ way and is it a battle worth arguing over? I have grown to think not.

The Bible is clear when it tells us to yield our rights. Shouldn’t this always be the case with those closest to us?

If a co-worker is in a tizzy, help them through.

If your sibling is being impatient, be more patient for them.

If a child is having a hard time finding their way, guide them.

These matters are much more important than ‘discussions’ about toilet paper rolls. But, sometimes we make the insignificant more significant instead of dealing with the real issues of life.

Be a chum and help in ways that sometimes may go unspoken, overlooked, or unthanked. Help anyways!

And please, just leave the roll how it is and smile when you see it. Let it remind you that you have someone to share the place you call home with instead of letting petty annoyances rob you of the joy life should bring.

Use this verse as a prayer to God: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51.10

In the end, if we can apply the following I bet that tp roll won’t be so annoying after all and is there really a right or wrong way for it to go? If so, do tell which way is the right way for the tp roll.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” Philippians 2.3-7

When we apply the above, you guessed it…

we will…


Here’s a previous post that has some more thoughts on tp rolls and other thankless jobs:


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Take care of what you dirty (dishes, clothes, bathroom, etc).

Empty and refill dishwasher.

Refill that toilet paper roll.

And whatever you do, don’t leave it like this…

Take the two extra seconds to finish the job!

Take out the overflowing trash.

Put clothes in the dryer or away when returned folded and clean.

Make the bed. Set the table. (Or is it set the bed and make the table?)

At any rate, all of the above just take a few minutes. I would even venture to say 15 tops.

So make the time to make the load lighter for another or put a smile on the face of whom those tasks fall to when no one else does them.

And for the love of Pete, ALWAYS say thank you when these mundane tasks are done for you (washed clothes, ironed shirts, clean kitchen and/or bathroom, vacuumed/dusted house, etc).

So often these labors of love go unappreciated.

So often family living under one roof wait for someone else to do it.

So often they can become a point of contention.

Don’t let them!

Last I checked, the bread winner or home maker are not maids waiting for others to make a mess so they could be there to clean it up.

Do your part and do it joyfully.

Enough said because the ones that need to hear this PSA are probably not the ones reading so I instead am preaching to the choir.

So, here it goes! If you are the one doing the above for thankless individuals, check your attitude. If need be, even check your heart.

No one said you had to reciprocate or become the choir master or doer, but God did say we are to serve as if we are serving Him and not others (Colossians 3.23). If we are serving with an attitude as unto Christ then maybe those small inconveniences or annoyances won’t bother us so much.

Take inventory of yourself and joyfully go about your Father’s business. Now that is a public service announcement worthy of adhering to. Do it as you…


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