“Love is patient, love is
kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” – 1 Corinthians
Jane asked her husband, Aaron
for help losing weight after the birth of their third son. So each morning,
Aaron would wake Jane up and they’d drive to their local gym. They both did
their workouts together and left.
But Jane had never been a
morning person. She struggled to wake up in the mornings and rarely said more
than a word or two to Aaron until after their workouts.
Meanwhile, Aaron thought Jane
was unhappy with their arrangement. So when they were at a party, he offered to
become another attendee’s gym buddy.
Jane was crushed. She thought
they were working well together. She felt angry and rejected, too. Still, she
waited until they were home alone to bring up the subject. She waited
patiently, listening to Aaron.
He’d assumed Jane was unhappy
with their routine but enjoyed going to the gym. He didn’t want to bring up the
conversation and risk hurting her.
Sometimes, expectations can
get in the way in our relationships. It takes patience and humility to lovingly
talk through issues together. You may be surprised to discover what your
spouse, child, or sibling is really thinking and feeling.
God when I’m hurt and weighed down by my own expectations,
grant me grace to lovingly discuss it with my family. Help me to be patient and
hear the heart behind their words. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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