Sunday, May 14, 2006

People Who Clean Up My Messes :|: Part 2

Today's Topic: The Big Day

Yesterday, I highlighted true servanthood exemplified by Jesus in John 13. Jesus said, "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet... If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them."

Today, our Sunday service appropriately honored other people who clean up messes to the glory of God: mothers. Isaac Hydoski equipped us from Proverbs 31 to honor our mothers and our wives (listen here). Why? "What we do on Mother's Day is an opportunity to value what God values and honor what God honors," he said.

I want to take this moment to honor my bride, Cara, whose example and life have changed me in every way. She has helped to clean up many of my messes, both literal and figurative.

Specifically, I want to thank God because she loves our Savior so much that she sacrifices repeatedly and joyfully.

She laid down her ideal job in church ministry in order to most effectively raise our daughter in the fear of God. The staff and pastors definitely miss you around here, but I love coming home to your embrace.

She goes to great lengths to accommodate my unusual schedule at the church. Thanks for packing up the 14 pounds of baby girl and 200 pounds of baby stuff for our trip today.

She wakes up several times a night to nurture a hungry little girl. I'm so sorry for all the times I've said, "Did she sleep through the night?" when I was the only one who did.

She's set aside her desires for beautiful furniture and a fancy home, so that I can invest in the gospel. Babe, I promise someday we'll get that living room painted. Thanks for your patience.

And she's done this -- and all other sorts of sacrifices -- without complaining, questioning, or even a hint of bitterness. Only God's grace and power could lead to that kind of feet-washing!

Thank you, my love, for not only knowing about Jesus example, but for also doing it. You will be blessed. I do pray that I can obey God by appropriately honoring you throughout your life. Though I will fall short, One will not.

Isaac said this morning, "Our honor should be a quiet echo of the praise of their God saying 'Well done.'" I hope you hear this echo, however quiet.

I love you! Happy Mother's Day!
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