This year at Christmas Dinner we began a tradition of sharing things that we were thankful for (Robyn gets credit for that idea!). I was thrilled to have a long list that evening. Right at the top of my list was, “I am married to a person who cares about things that matter.” That is still true four months later, and so I give my Sunday Shout Out to Robyn Beckley Vining!

Here are a few of the many things that I love about Robyn. I think that you will see why I am happy to be doing life with her.

Thoughtful – Robyn is a thinker and learner. She is not satisfied with overly simplistic analysis or sound bites. She is committed to researching things, exploring different angles, and reaching thoughtful, comprehensive positions. We may not always agree (we normally do agree on the things that matter most in life.), but I know that she has good reasons for her perspective.

Compassionate – Robyn is quick to consider the feelings of others. She has a burden for the outcast, the oppressed, and the marginalized of culture, or subcultures. Her compassion has been inspiring to me. She even pushes herself to extend compassion to those who do not extend grace to her. Now that is hard core “image of God” compassion!

Courageous – Being thoughtful and compassionate does not always lead a person into the most comfortable or convenient situations. In fact in a world that is full of brokenness, thoughtful and compassionate people often find themselves in difficult positions. It takes a person of courage to press on and do or say or write the right thing. Robyn has shown that courage

Joyful – Those challenges which require such courage, rarely steal Robyn’s joy. She is quick to have fun, be silly, and to celebrate. She is committed to doing the right thing and to changing the world, but she is wise enough to realize that should be a joyful, not joyless, existence. I am thankful for the laughter that she brings to our home.

I could go on and on, but I am trying to keep my blog posts shorter – an idea that Robyn disagrees with in a thoughtful, compassionate, courageous and joyful manner.