I can not begin to explain how proud I am of Robin. Near the beginning of 2012 Robin was asked by the Chairman of Deacons if he would be willing to be the Chairman of Deacons “Elect”, making him the Chairman for the 2013 year. At that time we didn’t know that I was pregnant with our 3rd child. After praying for several days Robin said YES! Little did we know that this would be perhaps the most stressful year of our lives!!! On top of having a baby in December, Robin switched jobs in March which was a huge adjustment! He officially took over the job of Chairman of Deacons in February so the past few months have been quite a time of transition for him. If we had known a year ago all that his year would entail, we might have been more tempted to say NO to this calling… But do you know who had all of this carefully orchestrated? God did. God knew that Robin would step up to the plate and fufill the position with dignity and an intense passion.. and in my opinion God knew that Robin needed the position for his own growth as well. Robin is timid, he is like Emma. He is an introvert, completely content to sit back and be led and watch things happen. However, when he’s really willing to take a risk, step out of his comfort zone and LEAD, his spiritual life grows by leaps and bounds, and he is GOOD at it. He has not taken the job lightly. Robin set goals for the Deacon body, he is trying new things. He is encouraging the deacons on a weekly basis, he is encouraging the staff. Our church is fairly large church (not a megachurch but still large) and there are many things that come up that you just don’t normally think of. I see Robin looking for ways to serve. You can often find him in the kitchen helping our church cook, Chris, wash dishes. I see him greeting visitors and helping them find their place at our church- something that is definitely out of his comfort zone.
Robin’s brother, Craig, and his Father, Dan, are both Baptist Pastors who come from a long line of Baptist Pastors. Robin never felt that calling… I think if someone asked Robin to preach from a pulpit he might pass out. Evangelism is not Robin’s spiritual gift. However, service IS one of his gifts. This past Sunday our church had a Deacon Ordination service for 6 new Deacons and our wonderful Pastor Ted Kersh preached from 1Timonthy, Chapter 3 which speaks about God’s requirements for Deacons. Things like “Not double-tongued, dignified, sound in Faith” were listed… yep, that’s Robin. It brought tears to my eyes just to think about what a Godly man I married. How did I ever get so lucky? I feel that the role of “Deacon” is a true calling for Robin and I’m so thankful that the right doors opened up for him to be able to serve in that capacity at our church.
I couldn’t be more proud of him!
This picture was taken on Palm Sunday at church. One of Robin’s “jobs” is to help the Pastor serve the Lord’s Supper. You can just barely see Robin’s head in the center of the picture- he’s standing next to Pastor Kersh- ready to hand out the trays of bread and wine (grape juice!) to the other Deacons. I must say I was pretty nervous for him… he almost fumbled some of the serving dishes! :) He will do better next time after this first practice round. :)
These pictures of Foster were taken following the Lord’s Supper service. It was a very cold day and I forgot to bring a coat for Foster. Poor poor middle child. :( Nana was not happy with me! Daddy to the rescue- he let Foster wear his coat… Just a little big on him.
I pray that my two sons grow up to be just like their Daddy. He has a big coat to fill. :)