I get amazed every day at the works of the God and how He works in our lives and in those around us. As I wrote the other day, a year ago, my life was forever transformed when I venture out to Colorado for the Wild at Heart Boot Camp. The Lord transformed me in such a way, causing me to change the way I live and the way I look at life. It also changed my outlook and approach as a husband and dad. I had always done the best I thought I knew as a husband and father, but I was still falling way short in many ways. I didn’t know how to truly be godly husband and father and lead my family the way they deserved to be led and the way God has called me to lead them.
The transformation has been tremendous in that it has resonated from my life to my wife and children. They are the most precious people in this world to me and to see them respond has been so amazing. I think we’ve always had a strong marriage, but I truly believe that my wife, Amber, and I are closer than we have ever been with a truly Christ centered relationship. To see Amber grow has been so amazing. It used to be that we would argue over matters of faith, because I was dragging her along in it. I didn’t know how to approach it. Now she is so alive. In God’s Word daily getting to know Him personally and then our conversations on what we read and just life are so full of substance and life.
For my kids, they have grown a great deal as well. They are all very quite and reserved like their parents, but they have responded in so many great ways as well in their desire to learn more. Our conversations have deeper substance about life and faith. It’s not just about superficial things. They are realizing the priorities in life and are each excited about using the gifts God has blessed them with out in the world in a such a way that glorifies Him.
With all this life change, this Sunday, January 31, one year to the day from when I nailed the stake in the ground to follow Christ no matter the cost, I will be Baptizing my wife and our 3 children. It’s such an exciting time for our family and huge testimony and statement to how far we’ve come in just the last year. To stand before our church family with my family as they also have nailed that stake in the ground is just beyond any words I can really put together. I am proud of each of them for being willing to take this step in obedience in their walk with Christ.
This is a testament of what can happen when, as men, we take the steps to truly lead our wives and our children in a real and godly manner. I have this resolution on a wall in my house that concludes with “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:15. That was hung up nearly 4 year ago, but it was not until 3 years later that it became real truth. That I shed the poser and false self and begin walking with God as I was supposed to be and my family has responded to this. My wife just glows with the light of Holy Spirit now. Her beauty is even more tremendous than it has ever been. Our children, while they still battle as teenagers with daily life, have really come a great distance as well and you can see the Lord’s work in them.
We are all God’s favorite. He has had us in mind from before the beginning. In John 17:22-23 Jesus, in His prayer to the Father says, “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” I’m thankful to have realized that through Christ we are united now with the Father and that He loves us as much as He loves the Son. To now reflect the love of the Father with my family, they now know they are also loved deeply by me and the Father. They know where I stand now, no longer waffling back and forth unsure of life, but now with the confidence of 10 men knowing where I stand now alive in Christ and they are responding. It’s tremendous and the Lord’s work will continue as we are now stronger than ever before.
“A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian… and most of all, his family ought to know.” – D.L. Moody