“Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection.” –Franklin D. Roosevelt
He likes going to football games. You like going to concerts. She likes Mexican food. You like Chinese. While love for each other is your common bond, you may not share the same hobbies or interests. So, what do you do when you’re trying to decide how to spend your free time (or even decide what to eat for dinner)?
In today’s video, we’re discussing what it means when you don’t share the same interests, and how to leverage that for the growth and betterment of your relationship.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
The beauty of you two as a pair is the personalities you bring to the table. You each have your own ideas, interests, and way of seeing the world. With any couple, this can bring its advantages and its challenges.
Consider your differences a gift. Use them to challenge each other (in a healthy manner), teach each other new things and sharpen each other. You don’t have to do every activity together, but honor your spouse by showing interest in what they love and asking questions about it.
Find out what brings your spouse energy and how they recharge. Do they like being around people all the time, or do they prefer a quiet spot at home? Figure out your personality balance. Allow each other the time to refuel and do what you love. Together, you’ll sharpen each other and be energized by the things you love.