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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Rich (04/26/12)

TITLE: Very, Very, Rich
By Garry Stopa


I have something to be envied. It is something desired by billions of people. I have a wealth more precious than money, and I would like to share it with you.

If you are---or someday will be---a married man, this message is especially for you. You see, I have a perfect marriage. It is beyond anything I could have hoped for or imagined. It is more than I deserve and something available to every person. In fact, my marriage is so great---I had to ask God why.

When I brought this up before God, He gave me a very simple answer. He said, “She knows that you love her”. This meant a great deal to me. You see, when I met my wife, I was a widow. Several years back, my late wife and I were in a terrible car accident.

It was a horrible tragedy. If I did not know Jesus, I do not know how I would have found the strength to continue. I thank God for empowering me to keep going---not just for my sake, but also for my children.

Now days, many of the details of the accident are just a blur, like a bad dream. Other details will never leave my thoughts. I still remember clearly, lying on the road with my arm tightly wrapped around her lifeless body. She died at the scene. All I could say to her was, “You don’t know how much I love you.” I kept repeating this. I wanted her to know, but it was too late.

Well, now I am married to another wonderful woman. This time, I prayed that my wife would always know how much I love her. I asked God to help me with this in the very beginning, and He always has. This week, we celebrate our seventh anniversary. I can honestly say, my love for her continues to grow exponentially.

So why do I direct this especially to the men? Although demonstrating love is something that comes natural for women, it is not so with men. The Bible says in the book of Ephesians, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her (Eph. 5:25 NKJV).” The message is to the men. It seems that we men need to tap into the love of God.

I could go into all the ways I tell my wife how much I love her, but what works for me may not work for you. God knows better than I do how you can have this in your marriage. Every wife is an individual. The leading comes from God---ask for it and you will see results.

A great marriage is powerful. A great marriage comes from God. It can be a source of power and strength to handle life’s most difficult challenges. It is something to be envied.

Am I rich? Yes, very, very, rich.

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C D Swanson 05/03/12
Awwww! This was so beautiful, so touching and so informative. I simply loved this direct and powerful piece that spoke directly to my heart.

Thank you Sir for writing this... I am so thrilled how God blessed you, and I bet your wife LOVES YOU right back! You are a sweetheart.

God Bless you!
Laura Manley05/04/12
There should be more men like you; willing to listen to God's commands and act upon them. You refer in your story as being a "widow." A woman is a widow when she loses a husband, but a man is a widower. The only glitch I saw. Nicely done!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/05/12
This is really lovely. My heart hurt when you described the tragedy. I liked how the MC found happiness again and didn't live in the sorrow. That's something I have to remind myself to do. I smiled about the men vs women part and think you have that right on the head (at least for most people).Nicely done.
C D Swanson 05/10/12
Congratulations and God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/14/12
Congratulations on ranking 21 overall!