I was chatting with Tony yesterday while riding back to Knoxville from Nashville. "Should I announce ________ on the blog tomorrow?" I asked him. There's still so much that's undecided—dates, location, other details—so we decided to hold off for a few weeks. (Yes, we've got some exciting things to tell y'all within the next couple of months!)
Anyway, we began chatting about other topics, and somehow, we never decided on a blog post. I finally made it home from Nashville then "reached" for two of my favorite things: a book and a bath. As I read through the pages of Love & Respect, I thought about Tony and about how blessed I am to have him as a husband. Then it hit me... I should write a blog honoring him! :)
Tony has been so faithful to God's command to start Yebo Life, and if it wasn't for him, I probably would've given up on the mission a long time ago. I'm not going to lie... getting started was HARD, and there were days when I simply couldn't cope with the unknown. In many ways, Tony was the glue.
That being said, here are five things I really appreciate and respect about Tony, a wonderful leader and husband:
1. He's an encourager.
Holy guacamole, this guy has a heart to encourage others. I think our Yebo Life team benefits hugely from this aspect of Tony's leadership. He hears from the Holy Spirit then speaks words that inspire, challenge, and uplift.
2. He's OK with not having all the answers.
This is likely the #1 reason (if not the only reason) that Yebo Life made it out of year 1... and possibly year 2. Tony is so OK saying, "I don't know!"—which is typically followed by, "God's got this! He always does!"
3. He faces difficulty and conflict head-on.
I really appreciate this in every facet of our lives—mostly because, believe it or not, I hate having difficult conversations! I'm sure Tony isn't so fond of them either, but he has them, and he often has them well. He listens and empathizes—two things I could stand to do more of!
4. He remains faithful, even in the hard times.
This goes hand-in-hand with #2, since the opposite of control is faith. I can recount multiple times when Tony has said to me, "Julie, this is where it's at—the hard times! This is when God moves!" Turns out, he was right... like, every single time.
5. He's an influencer, energy-bringer, and a whole lot of fun.
If you've had the pleasure of spending any amount of time around Tony, you've probably noticed that he's full of life and energy... and he's downright hilarious! One of my favorite things is driving around in the car and cracking up with that man of mine. He really is a light in so many lives.
Tony, THANK YOU for doing what you do. Thank you for leading this Yebo Life team. Thank you for being you. And most of all, thank you for sharing Jesus with the world in the unique way that only you were created to. You're a special person, loved by many.
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