Today, right after I made this really clever comment to my wife, I started thinking about something. The comment I made was a reply to her quickly solving a small problem that I presented to which I replied “thats why I married you girl, you so smart”. I followed that statement with “Ok, your moves on the dance floor and the curves in your silhouette had something to do with it too, but you are really smart”. A few moments later I was really thinking about my wife. For some reason, I started thinking about something that very few people know about her. Beth earned a 10 year pin for working 10 years for the Department of Defense. Beth birthed our first child knowing that I would deploy with the Air Force for 4 months just 36 hours after his birth. Beth sold popcorn in a mall, stocked Bath and Body works shelves, and sold Estee Lauder make up in California to ensure she and I didn’t lose the car we owned, jet ski we couldn’t afford and weren’t late on the credit card debt she had married into. These accomplishments that I started thinking about this morning reminded me of the fact that she did all of this before she was 30 years old. While that sounds impressive, even as I type it, its not the thought I had.
When her crazy husband, that would be me, told her that he felt called to plant a Church she said “YES”, without asking one question. I remember the 100 + questions I had rumbling around in my mind but she didn’t ask one single question. I remember when I told her it meant leaving the financial security that we were currently living in. She still didn’t have any questions, she just said “YES”. I remember when I said we wont be able to continue living financially the way we had been because we had to save every penny we had in order to survive. This time she said “YES, I KNOW and I’VE ALREADY STARTED SAVING”. I must confess, all the “YES” stuff was blowing my mind but that’s still not the thought I’ve been reminded of this morning.
We started our journey of praying, planning, and preparing to give our LIVES FULLY to the vision and mission of this new Church plant that would earn the name, Revolve Church. We asked everyone we knew to give us money, move with us and pray for us. We set financial fund raising goals and off we went planting a Church. The thought that I can’t seem to shake this morning is related to what I found in the mail one afternoon. I found a check in the mail for an amount that’s unnecessary to mention but I will tell you this, “It was the largest check we ever received toward our launch budget of $100,000”. This check wasn’t made to me or to Revolve Church, so at first I was unsure what it was even for. After discovering the check, I brought it inside to ask Beth to explain it. She looked at me and said “that’s mine”. I looked back without saying a word but my expression must have shouted “no crap, it’s addressed to you”. She said, that check is the money I requested from my retirement account. After a conversation with her, I learned that Beth had been putting money into a retirement account for 10 years and the Department of Defense had been matching her contribution. That means that before her money experienced any growth from interest it was doubled automatically. That day I thought, why has she cashed in her retirement?
Now, the thought today is different from the thought that day. She handed me that check and said “YES” once again. She literally invested her life and life savings into planting Revolve Church. I can’t shake that because after over 5 years we have seen hundreds of people make commitments to Jesus. We have seen God do things that only God could have done. We have made some really amazing friends and we have lost some really amazing friends. We have laughed with people and laughed at people, cried with people and cried for people. Revolve Church as experienced things that will never be told until Heaven and placed memories in our hearts that could’ve only come from Heaven. The thought I cant shake is simple. Beth said “YES” in ways nobody else ever has or will to the vision God gave me for Revolve Church. I recognized Beth before, asked her to speak and lead in ways beyond her comfort, celebrated her privately and publicly but I’m not sure I ever uttered the simple words “THANK YOU”. Today, I say “THANK YOU BETH”. That is all!!!!