July 12, 2011

A challenge to honor your wife, and enjoy the results.

Being the chaplain in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is a huge privilege and a huge responsibility.

Often, my ministry is modeling what a godly man is like. Not everyone is able to come to the chapel services. Not everyone wants to come… But, many of the guys and girls do watch my life and the life of my wife to see how we live and respond to each other. We live out our life based on God’s Word. That is ministry!

The summer traveling season has started off great! My family has been able to travel with me to the races. Stasia and I have gone to two races by ourselves while our boys enjoyed time with the grandparents and summer camp. I am always amazed by my wife. Her “awesomeness” came through the past few weeks. In fact, one evening at the track, we were going to go to dinner with a couple who are legends within the ARCA garage. The driver and I were making plans when he asked if they could take Stasia to dinner and I could pick her up after! She was able to ride in the pace car…something I hadn’t done until that point. She also celebrated in victory lane with the race winner. In fact, the winner asked if he could stand next to her for the photo instead of me! Ahhh, the respect!!! It was all in good fun but it reminded me just how special my wife is and how much she adds to the ministry. It reminded me just how much she adds to my credibility! Having her at the track this month has boosted the ministry. You see, she wasn’t able to make the first few races because our boys were in school. But I constantly talked about her! I told stories of how amazing she is and how great a wife and mom she is. I set people up to honor her even though they hadn’t been around her.

God has called men love their wives and honor them. The respect and honor we show our wives around others causes others to honor our wives as well. How often do we hear guys telling crude jokes or making less than honorable comments about their wife? How often have we done that? My wife adds so much to my life! God clearly placed her in my life and I’m a better man and minister for it. As we, together, persevere and fulfill God’s call on our lives, He honors us!

I want to challenge all married men to honor your wife!

Watch to see how it raises the game of your friends when it comes to their relationships. Watch how it boosts your relationship with her. Watch how it even gives you credibility! Watch how God strengthens you both. You will even see doors of ministry opportunities open up before your eyes.

Ephesians 5:25-28 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up His life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to Himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself.

– Article contributed by David Giles, ARCA Chaplain for the Master’s Men ministry.