Sweet 16

He who finds a wife finds good

and receives favor from the LORD.

-Proverbs 18:22

After 16 years of marriage to Lindsay Diane Boys, I can confirm the veracity of this Proverb.  I admit I enjoy doting on her publicly, even though she doesn’t always like it.  This year I thought of Proverbs 18:22.

English translations dating back at least to the King Jimmy have translated the first line “He who finds a wife finds a good thing…”  Needless to say, wives aren’t things.  In Hebrew, the line literally reads as I have translated it above.  A wife isn’t a good thing, she is good.  Perhaps the Proverb is a reflection on Genesis 2:18, “It is not good for a man to be alone.”

After 16 years, I am in a much better position to understand this Proverb.  Lindsay is good, and good for me.  I am better for knowing her and being in relationship to her for these 16 years.  She is faithful, beautiful, intelligent, sacrificial, hard-working, generous, a great mom, patient, and submissive.  She loves God will all her heart, and loves people genuinely.

My life would have “less good” without her.  She brings glory to God by the way she lives, as a person, as a wife, and as a mom.  On July 22, 2000, by God’s grace, I scored.  Big time.  I found good, because I found Lindsay.

Here are a few old school picts of me putting the moves on her…

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Ryan serves as the Senior Pastor of Green Pond Bible Chapel in Rockaway, New Jersey. He is married with four children.

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