Last week I celebrated 10 years with my company. Although I take great pride in that accomplishment, there is another, much more important anniversary that I celebrate today. Angie and I were married five years ago today in Las Vegas.
I cannot believe that it is already five years. It has been such an amazing time, filled with both laughter and tears, ups and downs, and some really tough times - but as I look back on that day I can only offer up thanks to God that He gave me Angie as my wife. As I think about where we've come from, I am struck at how much has stayed the same and how much has changed...Allow me to share:
Angie looks as good today as the day I met her. I often tell her the story about how I wanted more than anything to nibble on her neck when I met her. I still do. You see, Angie has those natural good looks that only get better with time because she doesn't need make-up or flashy clothes. She's always been my ivory girl, and always will be.
Few things make me happier than when I make Angie laugh. She has such a friendly, infections laugh that is pleasing to my soul. In fact, you know you've really tickled her when she covers her mouth with her hand when she laughs. It is a little quirk she has, and sometimes I just try to get her to do it by acting goofy.
Angie is my best friend. We tell each other just about everything. I can share my day with her, and she can share hers with me. I end up trying to fix everything, but I'm working on that. Angie and I did the long distance thing for a while before we got married, so we learned how to talk. We lost that for a while during the tougher times, but I think we are getting better. I look forward to practicing for another 50 years, or so.
There are many more, but some things have changed dramatically, as well. You see, although Angie and I have many of the same hang-ups that we had when we married, we have also lost many of them. We are clearly NOT the same people that married each other. Although we both believed in Jesus Christ, we really didn't live that way. We try to now. Because of that, we've both changed - and for the MUCH BETTER. If it weren't for that, we can both honestly admit that we wouldn't be celebrating our fifth anniversary. We were too selfish, too into our own needs. I guess that means that Jesus has saved us twice; both our eternity and our marriage.
Love (1 Corinthians 13)
1If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
I love you sweetheart, and look forward to continuing to change, and staying the same, with you.