When I used to catch Wheel of Fortune on Channel 5, the contestants had one thing in common. They never fail to introduce their family with the most fantastic adjectives, for example, “I’m married to a wonderful husband with 3 beautiful children.” Watching the show, you would think that all American families are perfect and happy!
Whether or not that’s true, what makes these people so ebullient about their loved ones? I’ve rarely heard the same type of introduction in Singapore. And since part of my challenge is to tell someone what I admire or appreciate about Graham, I have discovered first-hand Asian modesty.
Just what makes it so hard to praise Graham to someone, I cannot understand. The only time I tried in this challenge, I quickly rattled through my words so that I do not appear too boastful — even if it is of my husband and not myself.
But there was also once, about four months ago, Ivan asked: “So what is one thing you have discovered about Graham that you didn’t know before?” And there is no doubt about that: “He’s wiser than I thought!”
I could have prattled on some nasty habit newly exposed but by the grace of God, I have enjoyed the godly wisdom of my husband in more areas than I know and that was the very first thought that came to mind.
So while I may not be lauding my husband
with spurious adjectives as enthusiastically as the tv contestants, I could try warmly commending his wisdom to those who know him. For then I would be speaking truth, encouraging him and blessing others.
edit: correction made because I seemed to be saying that the contestants were giving only artificial praise. I actually meant that if I were to match their level of enthusiasm, it is my choice of words that would probably be spurious. Thanks to Laura for pointing out the offensive words!