My husband and I are complete opposites. When we took the Myers-Briggs personality test as part of our pre-marital counseling, we were nearly 100 points apart on some categories. If you wanted to see two opposite people get married, we’re it. We didn’t look at these differences as bad things, though. We saw them as the complement to our own inadequacies.
I’m a rather introverted person and would prefer my day to be neatly scheduled out, while my husband would rather fly by the seat of his pants and can talk to anyone, anytime. He has pulled me out of my comfort zone in this way and helped me to meet new people and to be more okay with spontaneity. His strengths fit well with my weaknesses.
Our differences can cause us to sometimes be frustrated with each other, but nine times out of ten, I’m grateful for them rather than stressed by them. He complements me well. And he pulls me out of my comfort zone and challenges me. I hope that I do the same for him. God knew what he was doing when he put the two of us together.
Who do you have in your life that complements your weaknesses? The people who push you to be better, to pursue God fully, and to keep reaching out? Take a moment to thank those people today, and to be encouraged by their differences from you. Because opposites really do attract.