Sunday, June 13, 2010

We love The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Byron and I meet up at the Coffee Bean because we like their beans and their leaves more than, take a guess. I have known Byron now for more than 5 years. He has been such a kind and faithful friend. Always full of joy and making time for me. He has such a lovely family, a very nice house and so hospitable. I can't wait to tell his daughters when they get older how we used to stay up late in core group and talk about nothing but the wonderful God of creation.

The other day, we met up at Coffee Bean early morning Saturday. We began talking about manly things and then he brought up my thoughts on marriage. What am considering and what should I now be meditating on if I wish to get married. We talked about how important it is to understand how to protect, lead and adore the woman we marry. As children of God, we must remember that as I date, I must never forget that she is God's daughter. She must be protected and kept pure before the altar just as the bible says in Hebrews 13:4 "Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge."

What a contrast to how the world teaches marriage when you think about it. Byron and I talk about how the bible teaches us how to live a life that honors our Creator. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, "you are not your own, for you were bought with a price, so glorify God in your body". That's so beautiful because it means that we worship our creator not just in song and praises, but also how we protect ourselves in the flesh. Byron and I talk about everything from how to live daily in the Word to how to have self control making no provision for the flesh.

I am thankful to call him my brother in Christ. He has been such an example of a man who walks in righteousness always acknowledging himself as sinful man. There is none righteous, Romans 3:10. I see how he protects his wife, cares for her and his children. He still admits he has much to learn on how to raise his daughters and serve his wife. We share lots of other things like his career in banking and my life as a single man, who desires to be married. I look forward to learning more about what the Lord has planned for him. This summer will be a quite a warm one, with lots of coffee and tea to go around.

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