I’m the Q. She’s the U.


With the whole family

With the whole family

No resume polishing here.

I couldn’t have been the 16-year missionary without Dianna — she’s the heroine. She’s given unconditional support through 22 years of marriage and ministry. She’s tightened the belt. She’s shouldered burdens. She’s always IMG_0963had a good attitude.

Since we got back to the States, SHE HAS WORKED to support me while I continue to minister. More than a few would call me (and it hurts) a flake, a loafer.ย  I pursue the dream while she pursues the paycheck. (Working in ministry usually implies sacrifice. For every mega pastor abusing the system with an eye-popping salary, there are 10,000 pastors living at poverty level just to help people, but they don’t get the press.)

IMG_0920I’m the Q and Dianna’s the U. Without her, I’m completely useless. She’s the other half orange that makes me a whole orange (as they say in Guatemala). Any applause for me must be deflected her way.

This tribute also seeks to be an exhortation: Pastors, may the New Year bring more appreciation from you for your wife.

27 responses to “I’m the Q. She’s the U.

  1. Good to see someone give credit when and where it is due.

  2. Reblogged this on Jericho777's Blog.

  3. Behind every good man is an even more wonderful wife.

  4. yourothermotherhere

    Extra smile and hug for Dianna!

  5. Aww this is nice!:)
    please chck out my blog i need your support!

  6. Oh, please, never let go of this. Always appreciate her–even the smallest of things. It sounds like you two have been building on your “bank of love” for quite a while and it is good to hear. Take care–and beautiful pics btw! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. That’s beautiful – fame (publicity) too rarely reaches the supportive partner. From what I am learning of you so far, you would never be lacking in appreciation. It’s lovely that you show this appreciation (and love) for your wife to the world.


    • I’ve made my share of mistakes. Would like to minimize the mistakes from here on out… But I realize that I continue being a human being, so…

      • Me too! I know we learn through our mistakes, yet we learn through observation and quiet study, too. It would be wonderful to lose just that one avenue that makes us feel clumsy or awkward. At least we are all in the same boat – we’re all kids trying to grow up – so I guess it’s okay to make mistakes. Still, it would be nice not to.

        A big HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and Dianna. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I’m not sure who or which part of your blog receives this nomination, but like a box chocolates being passed around, I’m sure you will all share. I’ve been nominated for Inspirational Blogger and as part of the nom req I get to pass on the nom baton to others. MustardSeed definitely is inspirational to me. Check it out: http://cricketmuse.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/inspire-me-or-alice-dont-believe-everything-you-read-or-eat

    And thanks for spreading the Good News.
    Blue Skies,

  9. Hi, Mike:
    I read this a couple of days ago but have been traveling again and didn’t find my way back here to respond right away.

    What a lovely way to express love and honor for your wife. And to display contagious gratitude.

    Appreciatively, Diane

    P.S. Your wife has a really nice name (smile).

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