Family Focus
 
LOVE BELIEVES THE BEST                            Stephen & Alex Kendrick
 
Love believes all things, hopes all things. –1 Corinthians 13:7
In the deep and private corridors of your heart, there is a room. It’s called the Appreciation Room. It’s where your thoughts go when you encounter positive and encouraging things about your spouse. And every so often, you enjoy visiting this special place.

On the walls are written kind words and phrases describing the good attributes of your mate. These may include characteristics like “honest” and “intelligent,” or phrases like “diligent worker,” “wonderful cook,” or “beautiful eyes.” There are things you’ve discovered about your husband or wife that have embedded themselves in your memory. When you think about these things, your appreciation for your spouse begins to increase. In fact, the more time you spend meditating on these positive attributes, the more grateful you are for your mate.
 
Most things in the Appreciation Room were likely written in the initial stages of your relationship. You could summarize them as things you like and respected about your loved one. They were true, honorable, and good. And you spent a great deal of time dwelling on them in this room…before you were married. But you may have found that you don’t visit this special room as often as you once did. That’s because there is another competing room nearby.
 
Down another darker corridor of your heart lies the Depreciation Room, and unfortunately you visit there as well. On its walls are written the things that bother and irritate you about your spouse. These things were placed there out of frustration, hurt feelings, and the disappointment of unmet expectations.
 
This room is lined with the weakness and failures of your husband or wife. Their bad habits, hurtful words, and poor decisions are written in large letters that cover the walls from one end to the other. If you stay in this room long enough, you get depressed and start expressing things like, “my wife is so selfish,” or “My husband can be such a jerk.” Or maybe, “I think I married the wrong person.”
 
Love chooses to believe the best about people. It refuses to fill in the unknowns with negative assumptions. And when our worst hopes are proven to be true, love makes every effort to deal with them and move forward. As much as possible love focuses on the positive