Eric Dishongh, PhD
Connecting others to Jesus and His church as a husband, dad, minister, counselor, professor and friend
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Mitzi and I just celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary! With each anniversary, I find myself reflecting back upon the past year’s highlights and challenges. And, with January 1 always three days later, my New Year’s resolutions tend to center around how I can be a better husband to Mitzi and better dad to our children, Brayden and Breanna.
Throughout out this reflecting, resolving process, I always think about my first day of class at Amridge University in August 2005, four months before our wedding. Dr. Dale Bertram was the instructor for the course “Marriage and Family Therapy in the PhD Setting.” In his first lecture, Dr. Bertram took his wedding ring off, held it in the air, and said something to this effect, “In your work in this doctoral program and in your work with families, don’t lose this!”
I am truly blessed and thankful to God for my wedding ring, as it symbolizes what is most important to me in this life, besides my faith in Christ: my marriage to Mitzi!
My life purpose is to connect others to Jesus and His church by providing a Christian example and by reaching out on spiritual, relational, academic, and community levels. This is accomplished more times than not in some form or fashion through helping people in their marriages. I strongly believe that churches, families, communities and everything else are fully functional when marriages are strong. When marriages fall apart, so does everything else.
So, as I’m resolving to be a better spouse, I’m hoping others will do the same! If I can be of any assistance to you, please let me know. Happy New Year’s to you and your family!