Often we meet individuals who have particular and obvious gifts from God. Such is the case with Wyndham Shaw. When people encounter, watch, and interact with him, his wisdom quickly becomes obvious. I believe God has given him a generous portion of wisdom, which has been oft and well used to help change many lives. His desire is always to please God, from the inside out.
I first met Wyndham at the University of Florida when he was a Resident Advisor on my “then-boyfriend’s” dormitory floor. Even then, as a 19 year old, I respected him as a man of wisdom and integrity. As he studied the Scriptures and learned more accurately and adequately how to follow them, he humbly responded, was baptized in 1972, and has been changing lives ever since.
The “then-boyfriend” and I felt badly for Wyndham on the weekends, as his “then girlfriend” lived out of state. So, we often invited him to join us on our Saturday night dates. The rest is history. We became best friends, fell in love, and were married in 1974.
Forty-three ministry years, many houses, four children, eight grandchildren, countless adventures, and eight dogs later we have experienced life to the full, as promised by Jesus in John 10:10. There have been many dips and thrills on this roller coaster of life, but we are blessed and grateful. I would heartily recommend this life and marriage to anyone, and we bow in gratitude to God for making this possible. Without his love and mercy, and his living and active words…we would not have anything resembling this “life to the full.”
For a long while I have wanted to express some of the wisdom gleaned from Wyndham’s life in writing, so that as many as possible can gain from the life I have observed, shared in, and loved for over four decades. After seeking input from several friends, I decided to gather and share pieces of Wyndham’s wisdom each Wednesday.
Wyndham’s physical voice is now soft and weak, but his life and example is loud and strong. He suffers from a rare neuro-degenerative disease called Multiple System Atrophy. To be honest, it’s a horrible disease we would wish on no one. Over the past two years, my agile, athletic, and active husband has become wheelchair bound, unable to carry out normal activities of daily life on his own. God faithfully hears our many prayers, and we are confident of several things: He loves us, he hears us, he is all powerful, and he does not make mistakes. He will give us exactly what we need, and this world is not our home. Every day is a gift. We begin our prayer together in the mornings with Lamentations 3:21-24.
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
Wyndham’s prayer and resolve as he lives with this disease is to be grateful, courageous, and cheerful each day—which he does amazingly well. I told you he was a wise man.
The first piece of wisdom I will share has exuded from his soul since his earliest days as a Christian. It comes from his all-time favorite Bible verse, 1 Timothy 1:5:
The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
This is the wisdom he lives by: Living a life for God begins from the inside out. It begins and ends with integrity. Living daily with sincerity of faith, purity of heart, and a clear conscience results in a life of love. Such is the wisdom I have watched him live… day after day.
I could fill a daily blog for years with wisdom I have learned from Wyndham. However, I’ll stick with one day a week. Each Wednesday I will share wisdom gleaned, not just from me, but from our family who saw him day and night and from friends near and far whose lives he has touched.
Many of you have already told me you wish to share wisdom you learned from Wyndham. If you wish to contribute to this collection please email me at email@example.com with the subject line—Wednesday Wisdom. If you wish to receive these blogs in your inbox, feel free to sign up to follow the blog.
I’ll look forward to meeting you here on Wednesdays. And if you would, please remember us in your prayers. It’s a privilege to have you in our lives.
I love that you are doing this! We can all learn from his example. I love you both and are definitely keeping you both in my prayers. xoxo
Thank you Jeanie for sharing wisdom Wednesday with us. Your family has been in our prayers & will continue. Love to you all! Kathryn
Thank you for spreading the immense wisdom God brings to you and Wyndham. You both are treasures and blessings to us and so many.
This is wonderful.
I love this and so look forward to learning from this wise brother whom we love so much!!
Thank you Wyndham and Jeanie for sharing your lives and wisdom with us. I look forward to Wednesday Wisdom as I look forward to Monday Encouragement. All our love and prayers, Doug and Jennifer Lambert
Please sign me up for Wednesday Wisdom with Wyndham, or tell me where to sign up. This is a beautiful labor of love, Jeanie. ❤️ Marcia
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Love you Marcia. You should see a place to follow the blog on the actual site. Let me know if you can’t find it.
I think this is a wonderful idea and I look forward to reading these. Thank you for loving my brother as you do and for walking this path with him so faithfully and graciously. Love you.
Thank you for doing this! I look forward to your Wednesday Words of wisdom from Wyndham! Our minister here in Brevard NC, Al & Norma Bergeron, have shared with me the love and admiration they have for both of you, as you worked together 40+ years ago in the ministry!
Our prayers are constant for you both!
Thank you for your love, courage and encouragement that you pass on to all that you come in contact with! May God continue to meet your every need!! Love, June
Thank you for sharing. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Looking forward to coming to see ya’ll in June.
Thank you Jeanie, looking forward to Wednesday Words! You and your entire family have inspired and challenge me to continue inspiring my own family.
This will become part of my Wednesday morning routine! Thanks for sharing Jeanie!
This is so wonderful! Thank you for doing this Jeanie!!!
What a wise way to remind us of why we love Wyndham as we do. Being on the receiving end of 1 Timothy 1:5 from Wyndham has been one of God’s greatest gifts to me.
Thanks Jeanie for doing this, I have had the privilege to sit at the feet, go fishing, hang and fight the good fight with this man for many years. I have already gleaned so much from just watching and listening and look forward to hearing what you are going to share each week. You have held up Wyndham for how he is handling this. I want to hold you up for how you are going on this journey with him. I have watched the caregivers through the years, it is a noble if not challenging task. You are doing it with grace and courage. I am alway amazed at your level of joy, zeal and zest for life and want you to know how much I love and respect you and Wyndham. Thanks for always being an upward call. Much love, Mark
This is a tremendous idea. Thanks for doing it. Can’t wait to see what’s coming.
Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to write. It is so encouraging and reminds me to strive for the same faith and integrity that you and Wyvdam have. Prayers for you both.