This is my Reward


Photo albums are  becoming a thing of the past. When my girls are grown, I wonder how they will look through our old family photos. I even wonder how my grandsons will look through them. (See what I did there…grandsons…I’m banking on that!). I was looking through pictures tucked away on our laptop and came across this beauty.

This is one of MANY shots I took while attempting to get a few pictures for our Christmas card in 2014. (We didn’t get one out this past year. It’s so hard to be consistent with that!). Taking pictures with children is almost impossible, especially when they are yours. Props to all the professional photographers out there!

I may get in trouble for posting this …but it deserves its space.

I met Jennifer when I was in 5th grade. We had just moved to a new town and her family lived down the road from mine. We rode the bus together, were in the same classes, and I COULD NOT STAND HER. She got on my nerves. Little did I know, that 12 years later she would become my wife, mother of my children, and my best friend. I joke that she was my Elementary Enemy that became my HighSchool Sweetheart and  is now my Wife for Life.I knew that I was the best she could do and I didn’t want her to miss her opportunity. (Right!)

I love this picture of our girls with their mother.

As men, it can be easy for the momentary frustrations and exhaustion of our daily responsibilities to hide the reward that we’ve been given. If we are not careful negligence creeps in and steals the value our greatest gifts. Nothing can ever be more valuable than our family. We have to be intentional, stop, focus, and pursue our wife like we once did. We have to be intentional, stop, reflect and be thankful for them and our children (even when it feels like they’re not for us.) That’s our challenge. That’s our responsibility. That’s our gift!

Even if it’s not your personality, not your thing, or whatever your excuse is. Put that excuse aside. Let your wife know how much she means to you.  Put a note in her sock drawer (or any other drawer). Put a sticky note on her steering wheel. Write a note on your mirror with dry erase marker. At the very least send her a couple of text messages. You’d be surprised the huge difference a small gesture can make.

Live happily with the woman you love through all the meaningless days of life that God has given you under the sun. The wife God gives you is your reward for all your earthly toil.

~ Ecclesiastes 9:9


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