In honor of Valentine’s Day, and all things lovely, I thought it would be especially appropriate to have a little contest. Now the contest will consist of you posting about a couple in the church (pastors and wives excluded) who have had a significant impact on you. It could be a child honoring his/her parents, a couple honoring another couple, a single honoring a couple…but not a couple honoring themselves . Now, I understand that honoring doesn’t seem like much of a “competition” or very “contest” worthy; but I am extremely competitive, so I think calling it a contest adds an element of excitement and intrigue. So a contest it is!
The prize is a $20 gift card to Bonefish Grill for the happy couple to celebrate their love on Valentine’s Day, or thereabouts, and a copy of What Did You Expect by, Paul Tripp, just in time for the Marriage Conference! (Fun facts: The Bonefish Grill has their signature dish Bang Bang Shrimp for half price on Wednesdays. And Chris Oliver calls the book “What was I Thinking.”)
Here are the rules:
1. Post about a couple who has made an eternal impact on you, has pointed you to Christ in word and/or deed, has caused you to see Christ more clearly.
2. Well, there are no other rules; this is a pretty straight forward contest. It just seemed more official to have 2 rules rather than 1.
3. Bonus points will be awarded for funny stories about the couple, in addition to their godliness.
The winners will be announced at the bottom of this post by Saturday evening. They can retrieve their prize at the Bookstore on Sunday. I am working on a small gift for the nominator…maybe just a high-five in the hallway, we’ll see….or maybe a little something from the Bahamas (read: tourist trap key chain or sea shell).
UPDATE: Thank you to all of you who so thoughtfully honored these dear couples. Upon reading the nominations, I realized this was a hard assignment. There are so many amazing, God glorifying couples in our church. How can one choose a “winner”?
I loved the picture of Lois running up to Alicia on Alicia’s first Sunday. We have all been warmly and enthusiastically greeted by Lois. They have invested in many of our marriages.
Jack and Gina have been a beautiful picture of sacrificial love. I have benefitted from Gina’s example as a wife and mother.
Ken and Beejee have been a continual reflection of Christ and the church as they have walked through health challenges. They are so kind and fun to be around.
Don and Kim clearly love the Lord and the couples that God places in their path. They, too, have been such a blessing to many others.
Each of these couples consistently commend God’s faithfulness in marriage to the world around them in life altering ways. And although it is almost painful to pick a winner; alas, a winner must be chosen. So…
THE WINNER IS: DON AND KIM GARBER!!!! I love that Don would put a twist on “Mirror, mirror on the wall.” And that their investment in Stephanie resulted in her finding her future husband. A marriage resulting in another marriage…very Valentine-ish. Way to go Stephanie!
Don and Kim, remember to go to the bookstore to collect your gift. I hope you enjoy it.