Marriage brings change, but joy too

Sept 1, 2012; Stillwater Ok, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys players enter the field at the start of the game against the Savannah State Tigers at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

This past weekend marked a milestone for me. This will be the first football season since 1997 that I will not have season tickets to Oklahoma State Football. For 5 seasons while I attended, and for the 9 years since when I flew or drove from Austin, TX to Oklahoma, I have attended the vast majority of games in Stillwater and only missed 1 bowl game. For 14 years I spent Saturdays in the Happiest Place on Earth (the OSU campus). This year I will probably only get to one home game.

This is not a sad thing though, it was actually an easy decision.

To make sure we’re all on the same page, Lindsey did not make me, ask me, or even hint that I should not renew the tickets. I bought her a season ticket last year and she made all the trips like a trooper, she would have done it again this year, and enjoyed it. No, this decision was all mine.

The fact of the matter is this: we need more time together, at home in Austin. Lindsey has a big workload, I have an exciting new work opportunity, and we are both starting an intense academic theology and discipleship program at church that will last for more than nine months. These are priorities, even over my Cowboys.

Even if these things were not enough there is also my responsibility as a husband. I need to spend more time serving my wife, more time helping her out and more time investing in our faith. Hours and hours of travel, by plane or air, every other weekend and full weekends spent in the college football bubble don’t help any of that.

As I said, this was an easy decision. My wife, my marriage and my faith is more important than those fall Saturdays filled with cheers. I will miss them, but you can bet I will be wearing orange and following every moment of our season from the couch. 🙂