There are many reasons why I am married to my wife, Leah. Here is an example of one.
Leah is one of the most compassionate people I know. She channels that compassion into wonderful acts of service and love. She genuinely seeks ways to make life better for people. She once led the food service at a community ministry that served free lunch to homeless, poor families, and the like. She turned that place into a home kitchen with so much love and care and free hugs that what could have been a very condescending and transactional ministry was turned into a real family atmosphere.
What is so great about my relationship with her is that the things that make her great – compassion, gentleness, service – are exactly the things that I often lack. And the good qualities that I possess – being well read, having wisdom, and being thoughtful – are the areas where she could use some help.
How this plays out most effectively is when I am too much in my head and making my faith a spiritual exercise, Leah comes along and reminds me that there are people in need and we need to be willing to do something for them and find ways to serve. And when she needs to press pause on life and breakneck times of service, I remind her that God is waiting to just spend some time with her and to speak to her just one on one without all of the activity.
God knew what he was doing when he put us together. With the help of each other we become better people. What a wonderful gift this is.