Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I like the expressions "holy crap" and "holy cow." It just makes me chuckle on the inside... call it crazy if you want, or don't.. I don't care. I was thinking about the word holy lately so I figured I had to share some thoughts. The other day playing laser tag with some students, I said "holy cow!" to one of them and they said where did that phrase even come from. I had no freaking idea, so I said the first thing that came to mind with my witty Walterness: "In India, the people believe cows are sacred and holy, and the American people think that's hilarious because we eat cows. So we took the phrase and made it into something that would mock other people." Totally bought it. I let them know after I said it that I really had no idea, and I still don't that was just a fun side note. But anyways, I was thinking about holy, and I looked up the definition on dictionary.com and it says "specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated" and "dedicated or devoted to the service of God, the church, or religion" as the first two definitions. Combining those.. I make it out that holy is a word that means "set apart." Hear me out before you go ape spit. The Word of God, that is so magnificent and "set apart" from all else is the Holy Bible. His Spirit, is none other than the Holy Spirit. He calls His people to be holy, because we are not to fall into the pits of the world like the crowd, we are to be "set apart." So this is changing gears fast... but thats how my brain works so deal, but what does being holy mean to me? I think of my life... and what I'm involved in and the biggest thing I think of is my marriage, a.k.a. Holy Matrimony. On June 13, 2009 in front of God, family, and friends I made a commitment that stated I was choosing this woman, to be "set apart" from other women. I will not set her in the same basket as other women, and I will not allow myself to raise other women to her level.. she is "set apart" forever. This is where a confession comes into play. I have not followed through on that promise all the time. There have been times that I compare my wife to other women and think things like, "well if she would do that, I might be happier" or "if the house would be clean, I would be happier." Sure, there are the good things like going to Wal-Mart and seeing some lady dressed up like garbage looking crazy and smelling terrible and I think "Thank God my wife is not like that." So my confession part is that I suck sometimes, but the second part of that comes the apology. To my wife, and potentially anyone else reading this, I'm sorry. I'm sorry that the words in my head have not been more of just the "Thank God for what He has given me." In all cases I want that. I have been praying about it all day and I want that forever to be etched in my heart. Thank God for the woman he made specifically for me, whom I am to make holy and "set apart" from everyone else. I cannot express with words how much I love my wife, partner, and best friend...But I can say Thank God. Friendly piece of advice to anyone and everyone who wants it: It is best not just to marry the woman you love, but to always love the woman you marry. That is all.