Friday was Valentine’s Day, and this week our church will head to Myrtle Beach, SC for our annual Couples Retreat. With all this talk of love I wanted to dedicate this post to my wife. I don’t have enough gigabyte space to blog all the many reasons why I love my wife, but let me at least share with you ten reasons.
1. She genuinely loves God with her heart, soul, and mind. The most amazing thing about my wife is her love for the Lord. As a matter of fact if you’ve read Proverbs 31 recently you’ll find in that chapter a full description of Kathleen. She is my greatest spiritual advisor and she challenges me, personally, to a greater walk with God.
2. She amazingly loves me. Which is a big deal, because I’m hard to love. I’m amazed that with all my failures she chooses to love me – she puts my needs ahead of her own, she forgives me when I mess up, and she accepts me for who I am. It’s unbelievable that she would love me.
3. She is an awesome mother to our children. One day Kate and Keegan will understand fully just how blessed they are to have a mother like Kathleen. The time, training, and the care that she gives them is simply incredible. Any good in our children are a direct result of their mother.
4. She is a servant. I recently took some time and thought about all my wife does around the church. She’s a staff member, a ministry directory, the church pianist, the pastor’s wife, a volunteer, etc. However, it’s the little things that people don’t often see that is so impressive about her servanthood. Just recently I asked the men of our church to park their trucks in the grassy area in order to provide parking spots on the pavement for guests and the older members of our church. Do you know who the first person to park in that grass field was? Yes, my wife, and she doesn’t even drive a truck. She parked in the mud, on Sunday in her dress clothes, when she didn’t have to…because she’s a servant.
5. She’s incredibly talented. My wife is a proficient church pianists. I mean, incredible! Our music ministry would take a big hit were not for my wife. But it’s more than her just having an ability, it’s what she does with her talent that is commendable. She works hard, practicing, constantly improving in order to give her best to God. She’s not afraid to try something new, either. Just now I overheard her say, “I’m going to learn to sow!”
6. She loves people. It’s extremely rare for a day to go by without Kathleen expressing a considerate thought about someone else. She loves her family and friends, yes. But she loves our neighbors and is burdened to see them saved. She loves the ladies of our church. She loves the kids in her Patch Club. She loves people…all people!
7. She has a great personality. Kathleen and I are different. Really. I’m just fine being by myself, listening to music, and enjoying a good book. Kathleen? No. She’s the life of the party, and I LOVE that about her. She’s probably the only reason people want to hang out with us. I’m boring! I appreciate that my wife is approachable, conversational, and it isn’t afraid to laugh, poke-fun, and have a good time!
8. She encourages me. Being a pastor is hard. It’s a 24 hour, 7 day a week responsibility that carries a myriad of emotions and burdens. Sometimes more than I know how to manage. I can go from victorious to defeated in a matter of seconds! Even after a tough Sunday she’s always there to encourage. Just recently I was disappointed and hurt because some of our people had not been faithful to the services. She looked at me and said, “I hate it for them, because they missed an incredible message! It was one of the best I’ve ever heard!” She is a good encourager.
9. She’s honest with me. Some people may not love that their spouse is incredibly honest with them, but I appreciate that Kathleen is honest with me. Whether I have leftover ketchup on my face from a meal, or I’ve opened my mouth when I shouldn’t have, I’m glad she loves me enough to tell me the truth.
10. She’s drop-dead gorgeous. I hate to brag, but if my wife’s beauty was rated in baseball terms, she’d be a grand slam! I’m still in love with that brown-eyed girl that caught my eye in Bible College a little more than 10 years ago.