I just read a little story that caught my attention. The author states that some good friends of theirs had a 4 year old son. That 4 year old saw the author carrying a load of “rather large boxes.” The boy looked up at him and said, “Gary, are you the strongest or is God the strongest?” Of course everyone knows just how ridiculous that question is, not just because it was “Gary” but because we know how incredibly strong and fantastic our God is. Then the author asked, so if that comparison is so absurd why do we expect our relationship with another person to “fulfill” us? I”m thinking marriage but if you are not married it could be another relative or friend or even employer. There is just no way our spouse (or friend) can be everything to/for us. HOWEVER, they are very special people that the Lord put in our life and this is a great time of year to remember to be thankful for who they are to us. So today I would like you to forget about your “expectations” of your spouse/friend for a bit. Instead think of 3 things that you are thankful for in regard to your spouse. I challenge you to tell them and someone else. As a whole we need to do better talking about what we like in people versus what we don’t like. Maybe this little exercise will help us remember.
1. I like that my husband is very creative.
2. I like that he likes music and can sing.
3. I like that he will try new things with me – food, games etc.
Now it’s your turn!