My Wife and The Ministry

Genesis 2:15, 18-24 (ESV)

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Then the Lord God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him." So out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man." Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

I love my wife. She is my best friend - the person I laugh with, cry with, pray with, talk to, and do the work of ministry with. We are involved in Bible Quizzing, Young Adults, and several other ministries at church together. But what I love best about her is that she complements me in things I don't do well.

Sometimes I get a little too excited about the big theological ideas and lose sight of how they matter. But she helps ground me in reality. She's very practical, and I am not. She's very organized, and I am not.

They say that behind every great man is a great woman. My pastor is a great man, and his wife is an amazing woman. My father is a great man, and he tells me time and again that he wouldn't be where he is without the support of my mother. I have great examples of great men, and I also have a great wife.

I love my wife. She's my best friend, but even more, she's my God-given helper, well-measured for me and all my foibles, to make a great team for ministry.