He was the greatest man I ever knew, and I didn’t realized how much I missed him until I heard his voice again this week. It has been 16 years since Grandpa passed away, but as my mom and her siblings gathered in Texas last week, someone suggested we watch a tape of their parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration.
That grand event occurred 30 years ago – and man did we all look young! While the picture quality was poor and fuzzy, my Grandpa’s words were rich and clear. After each of their 5 children honored them, my Grandpa stood and addressed the crowd. I don’t have space to recount all that he said, but I found this part of his tribute to Grandma precious.
Without hesitation, Big “D” (his nickname within the family) told us that for 50 years he had been exceedingly lucky, because his wife was “PLUCKY.” He then offered this explanation. In his eyes, Grandma had always been:
Patient, Loving, Understanding, Compassionate, Kind, and Youthful.
There wasn’t anyone in the room that would have disagreed – that’s just who the woman was. It was rare, it was real, and Grandpa knew he was very lucky. Truth be told, however, luck had nothing to do with it. Grandma once told me that her secret to a solid marriage was two-fold…
“Find the right one…then BE the right one.” Grandma worked on being the right spouse to my Grandfather – and that work paid off. By the way, it didn’t escape me that the definition of PLUCKY sounds a great deal like the fruits of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal 5:22).
Live by the Spirit, be PLUCKY, and make those around you feel lucky that you’re in their lives! –Dave
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