Me: Kris, you never complain about anything.
Kris: It’s because I have a closer walk with God.
Not only is my sweet husband a contented non-complainer, he’s also very funny. He knew he would make me laugh with his explanation of why he doesn’t complain. Kris has an incredible ability to not let things really get to him. He also has quite the propensity to make me laugh every day we are together.
But, it’s his capacity to let things go….
To let hurts go. To overlook people’s faults. To forgive without hesitation….
It’s one of the things I love about him most.
How often we think we cannot get over a hurt or an offense. We internalize and dwell on them. We want vengeance. We want that person to know exactly how we feel. Exactly how they’ve hurt us. We want to hold them accountable for their words and actions.
But, that’s just not God’s way.
God’s way is to think of others as better than ourselves – Philippians 2:3.
God’s way is to be kind to one another and tenderhearted, forgiving them as quickly and fully as God forgave us – Ephesians 4:32.
God’s way is to never avenge ourselves – Romans 12:19.
God’s way is to love our enemies – Matthew 5:44.
God’s way is unconventional. His way was to go to a cross and never open His mouth even to defend Himself. His way was to take communion on the same night he was betrayed.
The. Same. Night.
Now, Kris Takle is no saint, I tell ya. And, he might confuse a scripture or ten, albeit, sometimes purposefully, because he knows it’ll make me laugh. But, he gets that God’s way stuff on letting things go pretty dadgum good.
Kris, thank you for being such an incredible example of God’s love. You continue to inspire and push me to do things God’s way while still giving me room to grow. I might be able to quote 1 Corinthians 13 in my sleep, but, you walk it out with such greater ease.
You’re a good man. And, a really fun Valentine.
Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all. Now, go love on somebody.