On this side of it, as we approach our 33rd anniversary, I can see how God matured me after the fact. Fortunately I married an INCREDIBLE woman who, next to God Himself, showed me so much grace. She encouraged me and was patient with me as I grew into a man.
At this point in our lives, I cannot imagine life without my best friend and soulmate. I still get excited in the evenings when I hear the garage door open -- knowing that she is home. I love to see her smile -- because I take credit for it. And even to this day, aside from the Holy Spirit (actually in partnership with Him), she is my greatest motivator to greater Christlikeness.
I am writing this two days early because I will be out of the office for a few days. But I just want Beverly and all bloggerland to know that I have lived a charmed life. Choosing a mate at 19 statistically is a HUGE mistake. But God not only protected me -- He gave me the best.