What I Am Celebrating Today

11395542494_3ef3475548_oToday is Father’s Day.

So yes, I’m celebrating my Dad.

And, to a lesser extent, I’m celebrating being a dad myself.

And, if you wanted to get spiritual about it, I’m celebrating God’s Fatherhood in my own life, which has had more impact than many people realize.

But today also happens to be my wife’s birthday. While I’m sure that you all have or are exceptional wives, I’m particularly fond of mine.

First, my wife loves Jesus. She has a devotion that points others to Him. It’s very rare that someone has to encourage my wife to seek the Lord. She loves Him for Him and it’s so rare.

Second, my wife is a gift to the body of Christ. She models what a godly woman is: She loves her husband. She raises children. She makes disciples. My wife is beautiful, but in a world caught up in materialism and perceptions, she has continually focused on beautifying her heart in a way that I’ve rarely seen women do (See 1 Peter 3:3-5).

Finally, I’ll say this: I have a particular type of all-in-ness that requires me to be all in or all out with just about everything I do. It’s an intensity that’s hard for others to live with and hard to understand.  But my wife, over a number of years, has continued to stick with me, love me, and encourage me when my intensity causes me to want to quit. I could never do what I do without her.

So for all of the reasons, I’m celebrating my wife today.

Now, it’s time to celebrate. Happy Father’s Day to you dads out there!

Photo Credit: Boxed Chocolates by Helene Titsch

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About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

One response to “What I Am Celebrating Today”

  1. Aroea says :

    She is so worth celebrating. It’s fun watching you two make each other better! Happy Father’s Day too. For your physical and spiritual children. And the few of us who still act like children. 😉

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