When You Come Home “A Better Man!”

Over the course of my lifetime I have spent many hours attending church meetings. Some have been productive, some not. Some I was taught things of beauty and some were less than thrilling. Some were entertaining, others boring. I know there are some people who say attending church and its auxiliary meetings are a waste. Or that my church meets way too often. And for leaders in a lay ministry, some say the demands are way too much. People should spend more time with their families is the chorus I hear most often. And of course, every person is in a different situation so it is hard to generalize any of the above statements and make them fit everyone. However, I think it is important to remember what someone gains by spending time in service to others.

Someone has to take the time to organize, plan, and implement service related activities. And someone has to spend the time in listening to others who are seeking help in a more personal way. And someone has to make decisions on how to administer welfare funds to needy individuals. And maybe a paid ministry is the answer. But…in my mind, pure service comes without payment. So I am happy that I belong to a church that requires service with no expectation of monetary reward. But no doubt, it can be taxing.

So after a lifetime of serving in my church, sometimes upwards of 40 hours in a week..in addition to time spent to make a living; I have often reflexed on a simple statement that my wife uttered late one long ago Sunday Evening. I had got up and left at 5:30am and didn’t return to home till about 11pm that night. It had been a long day. I was spiritual, mentally, and emotional spent. I walked into our master bedroom and there was my wife, reading in bed. I started to undo my tie when she said, “I miss you so much when you are gone to your meetings…but when you come home, you are always a better man!” I think what she meant was that it was time well-spent. I mean, I wasn’t gone playing sports, or with friends doing whatever. She meant I was out trying to do godly work. And that work was having a positive impact on my life. Thus, I was becoming a better father, husband, and man.

So, thank you Honey, for recognizing the great benefit that comes to your husband when he serves. And that “when you are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” (Mosiah 2:17) Because you saw the bigger picture in knowing that I am a better man when I am serving others. And you are the most wonderful wife ever, for recognizing it; bringing it to my attention, and by making the greater sacrifice in supporting and encouraging me to be the kind of man I ought to be. And I will never forget seeing you there. Seeing your face; hearing your voice, and being thankful for an Angel I call my wife.

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