The 2nd Greatest Grace

I talk a lot about God’s grace. It’s the passion of my life and the lens through which I see and understand the world.

28 years ago today (June 15, 1991) I received the 2nd greatest gift of God’s grace in my life.

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She is my tutor in organizational techniques.

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She is my partner in all kinds of ministry.

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She is my fellow adventurer in journeys near and far.

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She is my counterbalance for many of my extremes.

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She is my encourager when fear wells up within.

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She is my un-ignorable voice of conscience when I don’t want to listen.

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She is my cheerleader and my drill sergeant.

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She is my training partner and finish line celebrator.

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She is the most common tool of God’s refining work in me.

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She is amazing and beautiful and funny.

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She is my hand-holder and sorrow sharer.

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She makes me want to be a better man.

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She is, without question, the 2nd greatest demonstration of God’s grace in my life.

“An excellent wife who can find?

She is far more precious than jewels.

The heart of her husband trusts in her,

And he will have no lack of gain.” (Proverbs 31.10-11)

Happy, Happy,…CRAnniversary?

No, I have not been corporately sponsored by Ocean Spray…

Twenty-five years ago today I sealed the second best decision of my existence – to spend my life with the most amazing person I have ever known on this earth. Twenty-five years…can you even believe it?

(For those of you that are ready to scroll down through this post to see what in the world is up with the c-r in front of anniversary – just hang on a second.)

We were just kids…

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And before you know it those kids were having kids and hauling kids and teaching kids and attempting to train kids.

And this week, as we pass the day of our twenty-fifth anniversary, we are once again on a new adventure with the last two kids in our home – plus almost three hundred others – in Austin, Texas, in the midst of an event called CityReach (#CRAustin – and that’s where the CR comes from).

And yes, I realize that, in one sense, it may take me a long time to make up for signing us up to be on a huge mission trip on our twenty-fifth anniversary, but I also know that it has already been an incredible experience that just may be helping to pry some doors open in our hearts and minds for the direction of our ministry into the future. God works that way sometimes.

You see, traveling the twists and turns of this life with a strange gathering of people in tow is kind of what God made us to do.

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So, in a sense, bringing a group to this CRexperience may be a pretty fitting way to mark twenty-five years together…even though we’d sure like to go away for a week or two to some remote spot, but it doesn’t fit in the calendar or the budget right now…and it’s ok.

So many moments of challenge and hard choices and difficult consequences… and joy – and awful lot of joy just being together… all swirl into this one big, messy, beautiful life that God made out of two.

Could there be a more fitting way to pass this anniversary than to do it stretching our hearts and muscles and vision for the path for which God made us?

So…happy CRanniversary, Sweetie. I love you so much more than it may look right now. This is another of those amazing experiences I never would have had the courage to pursue without you by my side.

Happy, happy CRanniversary to you!

An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels. (Proverbs 31.10)