My Favorite Person - My Wife
He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22
An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. Proverbs 31:10
Solomon, the writer of Proverbs, is right. If you are not married, let me encourage you with words from the Raiders of the Lost Ark, "When you choose, choose wisely." The wisest man who ever lived (Solomon) and the strongest man who ever lived (Samson) were both ruined when they chose women that didn't have a heart fully devoted to the Lord. Thankfully, I chose wisely!
Cindy didn't date anyone for three years before we met. She didn't want her heart to become attached to someone who didn't love Jesus. She was committed to honoring God in her dating life and was willing to wait for God to bring the right man. I thank God for her spiritual courage to wait.
We were both determined to wait for God's best. We didn't want to date someone just because we were afraid of being alone. We know the comfort our hearts long for can only be found in God. Until we could learn to be satisfied in Jesus alone, we could never be satisfied with one another.
Thankfully God honored a willingness to wait. He brought me a wonderful wife. A wife who loves Christ, her children and her husband. I am blown away on a daily basis with her kindness, love, and beauty. I never tire of saying to her, "I would rather be with you than anyone else." Of course she isn't perfect. Neither am I. As we both seek to follow and honor Christ, we find ourselves drawn closer to one another.
She was worth the wait!
My Favorite Activity - Weight Lifting!As a high school and college athlete, I lifted weights for wrestling but never took it seriously. In recent years, I returned to the gym. I like to exercise over my lunch hour. This little escape relieves stress, provides a welcome break from the office and helps me refocus.
Cindy, my wife, exercises with me. This gives us a little time to connect outside of home.
Weight training also provides us a way to connect with our community.
My Favorite Sport - Wrestling!In high school, I began the sport of wrestling. I enjoyed the sport all four years.
I continued wrestling at Messiah College. God taught me self-discipline and perseverance through the sport. Wrestling prepared me for the most difficult challenges of life. As Dan Gable once said, "After you have wrestled, everything else is easy."
In college, God also gave me with the opportunity to travel twice with Athletes in Action International Wrestling. I competed in Central and South America.
Recently the sport came full circle. I now enjoy watching my sons wrestle. It is a pleasure to help them succeed and watch them enjoy the sport.
My oldest son wrestles at NorthWestern college. My younger son wrestles for Spirit Lake High School.
My Favorite Time - Bible Reading With My Children.What is your favorite time with your children? Is it pulling them on water-skies? Is it watching them in their favorite sport? Is it hearing them play in the band or orchestra? While I enjoy many of those family times with my children, without a doubt, the most enjoyable time I spend with them is family Bible study.
It is a privilege to grab a copy of the Bible and read a chapter with my children. I find God continually applying his word to our family life. I encourage you to take the time to study the Bible with your children. You will be surprised by the spiritual good it does in their life.
My Favorite Quote"Don't you know, young man, that from every town, and every village, and every little hamlet in England, wherever it may be, there is a road to London?" "Yes," said the young man. "Ah!" said the old divine, "and so from every text in Scripture, there is a road to the metropolis of the Scriptures, that is Christ. And my dear brother, your business is when you get to a text, to say, 'Now what is the road to Christ?' and then preach a sermon, running along the road towards the great metropolis - Christ. And," said he, "I have never yet found a text that had not got a road to Christ in it, and if I ever do find one that has not a road to Christ in it, I will make one; I will go over hedge and ditch but I would get at my Master, for the sermon cannot do any good unless there be a savor of Christ in it."
-Charles H. Spurgeon, "Christ Precious to Believers" (March 13, 1859) Accessed online: http:/spurgeon.org/sermons/0242.htm