Almost everyday I receive an e-mail from someone whose spouse thinks
Y2K is nothing but hype. (I also often hear this from church members
about their pastors, too.) They want to know how they can convince them
that Y2K needs to be taken seriously. Let me suggest several ideas:
- Provide documentation on the problem. As you are
surfing the Internet and reading various Y2K articles, print off the
ones that you feel are particularly compelling. These can be especially
effective when they are from a credible source, backed up by the facts
and solid statistics. Suggest that your spouse read them.
- Don’t be pushy or argumentative. Be careful when
discussing Y2K. If you are not vigilant, you can fall prey to the
temptation to become argumentative. Y2K is not your religion, and you
don’t need to defend it like it is. You don’t want to win the battle and
lose the war. Your job is to deliver the message. It’s up to them to
decide what to do with it.
- Avoid making predictions about the future. One of the
things that both the nay-sayers and the doom-sayers have in common is
that they both claim to know more about the future than is possible for
anyone to know, given the facts that we have. We don’t know
whether Y2K will be a speed bump or a train wreck. To pretend otherwise
is arrogant and irrational. Stubbornly stick to the middle ground.
Preparation is the only prudent response to an uncertain future.
- Keep moving quietly forward. Don’t wait on your spouse,
but, on the other hand, don’t openly defy or challenge them either.
There may be some things you can’t do without your spouse’s blessing or
involvement, but there is plenty you can do on your own. Quietly
prepare and keep moving forward. You can only do what you can do.
- Pray for him or her. Perhaps it sounds trite, but this
must undergird all your efforts. The battle is the Lord’s. You must
trust in Him to work in your spouse’s heart.