It’s easy to feel depressed when someone we care about — someone who affects our happiness, our goals, our dreams — doesn’t make the changes that he/she obviously needs to make. Well, the need for change is obvious enough to us, but not to that person. This is especially a problem when it happens in our relationship with our beloved.
We need an action step to feel better. But when our efforts to encourage change or empower change fail to improve the situation, what happens to us? Do we get angry and lash out at our sweetheart (who right now isn’t so sweet, but neither are we)? Do we withdraw and sink deeper into depression? Are we tempted to quit?
This is when we need supernatural grace from Jesus so that we can patiently, compassionately, and wisely figure out the next step we can take. This is when the Sacrament of Marriage and the Sacrament of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Confession can help.
Sometimes necessary changes only happen after much prayer. Sometimes they come from unexpected or outside help. Sometimes God yanks out a support prop that has prevented the need for change to become dire enough.
With God, there is always good reason to hope. And in the meantime, while we’re waiting, God is teaching us about ourselves. God is causing change within us if we are humble and pliable.
- How have I changed since I first met my sweetheart?
- What kind of change in our lives is my beloved hoping for?
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© 2017 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries
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