Do You Know Where Your Slippers Are?

Hollywood stars? For many, yes, we can echo Peter Devries, novelist, who described one of his characters, “Down deep he’s shallow.” Well, truth expanded, targeting us all, not all of us are exempt from that claim…or is it an indictment?

What triggers the “Hollywood” reference are two examples.

Last night we watched a Robin Williams bio on PBS and it struck again…how creative and energetic, how zany and how serious, how caring for others…and yet how much he was shrouded in darkness. I ached again. For I found him to be an inspiration…and then, so very unsettling personally, he made a decision to conclude his journey.

With that, though, I read the closing commentary from Mike Downs who retired today as the President and CEO for our denomination’s Pension Board. Mike is not a Hollywood star. He’s a good friend who is such a competent national leader…and so many of us know that a Pension Board functioning well is more than a good thing. In this closing statement of the Pension Board Newsletter Mike shared part of a speech of the actor Denzel Washington, who spoke at our denomination-related Dillard University.

From Mike’s thought and Washington’s words:

“Mr. Washington shared a poignant personal testimony of his faith journey, encouraged the graduates to dream big and to fail big, charged them to work and focus on goals each day, and concluded with the following:

‘…I pray that you put your slippers way under the bed tonight so that when you wake up in the morning you have to get on your knees to reach them. And while you’re down there, say THANK YOU for grace…mercy…understanding…wisdom…love…parents…kindness…humility…peace. Say THANK YOU in advance for what’s already yours…True desire in the heart for anything good is God’s proof to you sent beforehand to indicate to you that it’s yours already.’”

My gratitude to Mike…and only the best of wishes for his retirement to be of value and continued caring. And for each of us to know where our slippers are.


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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