Meet Dan and Lindsay—they are engaged to be married. I met Dan last fall when he and Matt were in town for the Justified conference. Dan works closely with Matt at Fellowship Raleigh. It was wonderful to see him again this past weekend, but better still was his news. He had recently proposed to Lindsay, she said ‘yes’, and there is going to be a wedding.
I am quite sure that Dan will make a great husband, but it’s his performance in asking Lindsay for her hand in marriage that caught my attention. When it comes to proposals, Dan did it right. In fact, it was so well done that I have recorded it here so that others may learn from his masterful performance! This is a classy proposal (with proven results) in 6 not-so-easy steps:
- Recruit prayer partners
During a small gathering after the Justified conference, Tom Schreiner prayed that God would give Dan a wife. Hey, the prayers of a righteous man avail much!
- Find the right girl
I know, this is easier said than done—but this is why step number 1 comes first.
- Include the family
Dan persuaded Lindsay’s dad to help out by appropriating (stealing) Lindsay’s passport.
- Select a romantic spot
Dan whisked Lindsay off to Niagara Falls. All this was a surprise for the future bride. Now you understand the need for the passport.
- Make last-minute adjustments
Dan knew he wanted a photographic record of the event. Seeing a Russian tourist with a massive camera strapped round his neck, Dan knew he had his man.
- Put your best foot forward
It’s not novel, but some things can’t be improved upon. Taking a knee and offering a ring (quite nice!) he popped the question.
There you have it—a proposal sequence to be proud of. I am sure there are others that are equally impressive. Do you have some great engagement stories that can inspire the young men that have ‘happily-ever-after’ aspirations?