Tina and I only exchange gifts on “significant” birthdays (think big numbers with zeros on the ends) and we’ve never exchanged Christmas or Valentine’s presents. We decided that this just made life simpler and gave us more freedom to give gifts to each other whenever we wanted, and to think of all our resources as one thing. It also gave the ability to give to others on their “big” days. We try our best to honor each other on a regular basis, though, and we never ignore the chance to do or say something special. Sometimes I share those things with you because I can’t keep it in. C.S. Lewis famously said:
“I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed.”
I do delight in my wife. I used to delight in her like a fine possession; a prize to earn and to keep. But the years have shown that I do not possess Tina. She is too full for that. She is too superlative for that. And I’ve found that “my Tina” as I used to call her, is really “our Tina.” Now I delight to see her serve others and to make things around her beautiful, not just to serve me and make my life beautiful. The two photos here best capture the essence of Tina. She serves. She makes the ordinary beautiful. She serves so well and naturally that she makes it seem as if there could be no excuse for not serving. She is so beautiful that nothing she touches remains ordinary. If she has served you and/or made your life beautiful, do yourself a favor, make the enjoyment complete and praise her (a like on FB is actually thrilling to her…no kidding). She is praiseworthy.