Fulfillment in Another's Company

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Enjoying another person, in God's design, isn't determined so much by what we're doing but simply by being together. Enjoy the company of your spouse and share the experience of togetherness.

Trust . . . in the living God who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17

God is "pro-enjoyment"! Remember His conversation with Adam in Genesis 2? God said it was not good for the man to be alone. Adam needed a helpmate, a companion to enjoy God's creation with him.

It's important to remember that God thought up the "helpmate" plan. It wasn't man's idea or society's invention. God wanted Adam to experience the deep joy of a relationship. Enjoying another person, in God's design, isn't determined so much by what we're doing but simply by being together.

To enjoy another person means looking for ways to delight in him or her and to find out things that make that person special to you. To enjoy another person means taking pleasure in his or her company, discussing ideas, or just being quiet together.

Teresa and I have learned to enjoy one another. It wasn't automatic. At first we thought that our common interests had to become more and more entertaining so that we didn't get bored. Age, maturity, and possibly deepened companionship have brought us to a joy coming more from just being together.

We enjoy the deep joy of relationship when we sit outside on the patio and have breakfast together. We enjoy one another while we watch the grandkids play. Teresa and I enjoy being with one another when we go to the movies or as we sit quietly and talk. We enjoy one another's company and share the experience of togetherness.

Teresa and I have been grateful for the results of making a concerted effort to be with one another. The sweetness of our relationship returns as we spend time with one another. And the sweetness of our relationship with God is deepened as we reflect on His generosity. He has richly blessed us with the gift of one another.

What could you and your spouse do together that would help you focus on being with one another? How might you initiate this idea?

Thanks, Father, for the joy of companionship.

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