You Complete Me…REALLY?

InspirationThere is a famous scene in the 1997 movie, Jerry Maguire, where Jerry (Tom Cruise) is trying to reconcile with his wife, Dorothy (Renee Zellweger). He is trying to convince her that his life is meaningless without her. Then he says these three words: “You complete me.” (And the audience swoons with a collective “Aww…”)

Really? Sure, it makes for great Hollywood movies, but is that really how relationships are supposed to be built? This attitude makes it seem like our lives are the equivalent of a jigsaw puzzle with some key pieces missing, and there is only one person out there that holds them in their pocket. Meet them, and “Poof!” our personal puzzle of life is now complete. Sadly, many people approach relationships like this.

Instead of trying to find that one person that “completes you,” look for someone who compliments you. The “completion” mentality is a form of dependence. It makes you think that you are not a whole person, that you are defective somehow, and only one person in the world can make you perfect. The truth is that only Christ can make you perfect. Someone who can compliment your faith, by how they live their own, will enrich your life by drawing you closer to Christ. And, that, is the foundation for a perfect relationship.

My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell in me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9

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