Today, my wife Amanda turns 29.
We’ve been married for a little over 4 1/2 years, and in that time, I’ve come to appreciate something very important about her:
Amanda is tough. Very tough.
We joined a boxing gym at the beginning of the year. Amanda goes 5 days most week – according to the staff she’s one of the most dedicated members. They say she’s also got great form and can hit hard.
In other words, Amanda can probably beat you up.
Of course, she never would. She’s way too nice for that. But she is very tough. The only time she might punch you is if you try to keep her from lifting furniture when she’s helping friends move or suggest she isn’t tough enough for a certain task.
I’ve been at Q 2014 this week in Nashville, and particularly during Shaunna Niequist’s excellent talk today, I couldn’t help but think over and over about Amanda. She’s a strong woman who won’t let someone else tell her what she can’t do. The only limits she allows are the ones she puts on herself.
Amanda isn’t afraid to lead. She’s not afraid to stand up for people who can’t stand up for themselves.