And The Medal Goes To...

If you know me at all, you know that I truly adore my wife. Everything that I am able to do, is because Amy makes it possible for me. This coming Sunday, I will be running in my 12th consecutive Chicago marathon, my 21st marathon overall. I have all of my medals hanging on a rack that is proudly displayed in our living room. I love the display rack that Amy got for me because it is a strong reminder that nothing is impossible when you have Christ in your life.

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Anyone that’s ever trained for a marathon, or for any event, knows the time commitment and sacrifice that goes into participating in these events. Having a spouse and kids makes that sacrifice even more apparent. As I get closer to marathon day, I want to take a moment to recognize my partner who makes any of the events I do possible.

Amy was planning on running the marathon with me this year. We did one together in 2006 and she was ready to take on the challenge again, all so we could spend more time together while I trained. Things were going fine until she hurt her back at the very beginning of the training season. She is all healed up but there was no way that she could run the marathon this year. It was not only a loss to me because my training partner was gone, it was a loss to us being able to spend more time together.

My wife does an amazing job of keeping our household going. With 4 kids, (14, 5, 5, and 2), it’s like an anthill most of the time with constant activity and movement. Now throw a husband who is gone every 3rd day at the firehouse and training for an endurance event, she is left picking up the slack even more. You would never know it though because she does it without a complaint and handles it with more efficiency than anyone else I know would. It truly is an unbelievable thing.

Lately, I have been thinking about when Amy and I first met back in 2005. It was a dark time in my life and I was just checking out a church for the first time. I know I have posted this video before but it truly does a better job of telling the story then I ever could write.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwRsPivsmwE

The truth is that God worked through Amy and saved my life. I believe that her faith and love of God, got me through that dark time. It was also through our daily conversations that I fell head over heels in love with the best person I know.

So much has happened since I met Amy in 2005. We got married, had kids, I’ve done more marathons, an Ironman, gone on fun trips, and a host of many many more great things. I know how blessed I am. Truly I do.

The best thing that has happened though is that I get a front row seat to watch the best person I know be a wife, a mom, and most importantly a beautiful person that lives out what being a Christian is all about.

I may get a medal for finishing the marathon on Sunday but I will know that it truly goes to Amy. She is with me every step of the way.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!

 

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