One More And I Might Bust
There are three things that I cherish above all else, yes even four: the love of my Savior, the love of my wife, the love of my children, and the love of my good friends. Some go through life experiencing one or two of these loves, but I have had the great blessing of knowing them all.
God rescued me while I was hopelessly lost in my sin. During my childhood I tasted the goodness of God, brief moments where people of faith touched my life. Finally in High school God led me to a family of believers who accepted me with all my flaws. They lived out the gospel and shared the word of God without apology. At the right time the Holy Spirit revealed to me the truth, rescued me from the darkness of my sin, and filled my life with the blessings of the Spirit.
One of those blessings was a young woman who, by the providence of God, sat next to me in all my freshmen classes in college. We were destined to fall in love. Rebecca is more than my wife, she is the love of my life, my best friend and confidant. She has held me up in my darkest of times and stood by me when I felt the world slipping away. We have argued, fought, compromised, forgiven, and loved unconditionally. Our love is deeper now than anytime in the past and shallow compared to what the future holds.
It is through God's grace and the love of my wife that I am blessed with three wonderful sons. Each are as different as the night is from the day. Yet, they all have one thing in common, they love the Lord with all their heart. As a result they have honored me with their respect. They have graced me with their patience. They have forgiven me of my failures. They are young men who are as much my friends as they are my sons. As a result they have brought into my life three wonderful women who love the Lord, support their husbands, and in God's timing make me a grandfather.
As uniquely blessed as I am now, God has also given me the love of good friends. These are men I know who would come to my aid, listen to my woes, support me in my grief, and laugh deeply with me. Few can count such good friends on one hand, but I have several and though separated by time and distance they remain anchors in my quest to be better, more faithful, and to rise above my inadequacies to be a man of integrity.
We don't walk this path alone. Whatever difficulties life throws our way God is constantly bringing believers across our path to stand with us. As Rebecca and I have relocated to Houston we have found love and friendship in the church where we are invested. It doesn't come easy, we have to open ourselves up and become vulnerable so others will reciprocate. But I am confident that God's blessing will rest on this endeavor and enrich our lives.
I don't know what the future holds, but one thing is certain, I am a blessed man. I'm just saying.