My wife, Anna, hasn’t written a book, but she could. She hasn’t toured the world as a prominent speaker or blasted the internet with her wisdom, but she could. Instead, Anna has chosen a humble road, less traveled today. She’s chosen to display Jesus as a mom, a wife, and a friend. She’s more concerned with Jesus standing out than her own name standing out. Here are 3 powerful things, out of hundreds, that mark The Gospel According to Anna Merrell:
SAY WHAT YOU MEAN, MEAN WHAT YOU SAY, AND REMEMBER, YOU DON’T NEED TO SAY VERY MUCH. Anna is always gracious, always kind… but never at the expense of being honest. It’s her integrity that never fails to shine, even in her words. She doesn’t ramble on about other people’s business. She’s a confidant of the highest order. If you’ve ever confessed or opened up, it’s not going anywhere. She keeps it guarded and safe. She appreciates the differences in all people and celebrates God’s creativity in all personalities. In all our years of marriage, I’ve not once heard her judge someone else, gossip or trash talk anyone, ever. When she speaks up you can bet she means it. It’s probably why when she does speak, people listen. Her yes is yes and her no is no. There’s brilliance there. And Jesus too.
A SIMPLIFIED LIFE LEADS TO AN AMPLIFIED GOD. And if Leonardo Da Vinci’s phrase, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” is true, then Anna is the most sophisticated person I’ve ever met. Her natural physical beauty is breathtaking and she lets the Lord be the lord of that. Her passion for good stewardship has saved our family and honored God. She believes serving others is better than having status over others. Reflecting her Savior, she desires to serve, not be served. Anna wouldn’t buy herself anything if she didn’t have to. She’s equally at home on the mission field as she is in suburbia. She, at the end of her days as a mom, a wife, a friend, a daughter, a sister, and a follower of Jesus will be known for having leveraged everything in her power for building of God’s Kingdom, not her own kingdom. There’s brilliance and Jesus there too.
IT’S NOT ABOUT ME, AND EVEN WHEN IT SHOULD BE, IT’S NOT ABOUT ME. Anna is hands-down the most selfless, low maintenance person I’ve ever met. She hates to burden others and strives to lighten the burdens of others. In a single week, she’ll manage our entire home, wrangle our two children, handle our finances, lead a small group for college girls, teach 3rd grade Sunday School, facilitate a table group at with women’s ministry, pursue her family, create and sew a costume, paint a picture, wipe bottoms, empty cat boxes, scrub floors, write poetry, host parties, clean carpets, fix dinner, help in our boys’ classrooms, and have the heart to ask me several times a day, “What do you need, Ronnie?” She’s a bend over backwards, self-sacrificing, unassuming, unpretentious, motivated to hold Jesus up as her model for her boys, her husband, her family and her friends. She’s got the attitude of Christ, described in Philippians 2, wrapped in a Proverbs 31 package. Again, brilliance and Jesus.
Braddock, Brody and I are 3 of the most blessed on this earth because of my precious, beautiful, brilliant, strong, selfless, Jesus-reflecting Anna. Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂