He would be embarrassed if he knew I was writing this about him. He's not one of those men who likes to be bragged about or shoved into the spotlight. He just kind of naturally finds himself there. You know those men who are just "natural leaders"? Who march to their own drummer and forge their own trail --- and who don't really care how anyone else is doing it? That's him. He just wants to do what he thinks is best and right for him, and for us; which usually results in others following his example.
But he's not boastful or cocky. He lets his actions and his results speak for themselves. He's cool and calm under pressure -- whether it is a testosterone-inducing, male-bonding competition of some sort, or a life-and-death crisis. You want him on your team.
And that's where he's been throughout the course of our marriage. He was my best friend before he was anything else, and when we realized that our relationship was meant for something lasting, he didn't forsake the mutual trust and support that is the cornerstone of any lasting friendship. That solid foundation helped surround and secure a love that continues to deepen each year. And he makes me laugh! That is one of the most precious gifts he has ever given me .... he doesn't let me take myself or my self-righteous attitude too seriously; which certainly contributes to keeping the love alive!
|This is one of my favorite photos of PLW;|
when the world disappears for a moment
And as long as we are talking about foundations, I am amazed at the man he has become in the last few years. He's always been strong in his beliefs and in his integrity, but never more so than when all around us seemed to be declining. As we faced the truth that big changes were coming to our nation, our culture and our faith, PLW stepped up and re-enforced where we stood. He defined who we would be; it would be our decision what we upheld -- not the culture, not the government and not the "luke-warm" church. He takes all that he believes seriously, and knows why he believes it.
Perhaps it is a result of this milestone birthday, but he is comfortable with who he is and is willing to stand behind his convictions, regardless of the popular sentiment. He won't compromise or settle for less; whether it is in the product he sells, his assistance to others, or the way he worships his Savior. He's especially passionate about the latter!
He has become an inspiration to me in his focus on knowing our God. It's as if these last few years have ignited a hunger that was just waiting to be unleashed. There's always a Bible open around our house, and I love our discussion/debates. And I am not the only one who has been impacted, as he has been the leader in exploring our "home church" concept.
And lest you think it makes him boring, cold, and dull, you couldn't be further from the truth. Hear that big, boisterous voice and the laughter in the room? You can guarantee that he is at the center of it. He doesn't seek the attention; it just happens. Yet he is perfectly happy to be apart from the cliques and the social scene; actually preferring our solitude over competing with the Joneses. I guess you could say he is the master of his domain; not following any prescribed social mantra and just being comfortable in his own unconventional skin.
So thank you for allowing me to express this personal praise to God for giving me this remarkable man who has loved me, guided me and inspired me. He never wants me to lavish him with gifts on his birthday; he prefers to give to me, rather than to receive from me. But he has no control over this method of giving him the accolades he deserves, and he'll just have to suffer through my tribute. Happy Birthday, my love!
Psalm 37:30-31 "The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice. The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip."