Not A New Word

It is not a new word. Not a word we don’t understand. But. It is a word we seldom reflect in the manner and attitude of our ordering life. It is this word:


A back story, a quote and then a comment. Hey, most sermons are 3-pointed.

DeAndre Jordan, a very good pro basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers, was a free agent last summer. Which meant he could sign with any team he chose. His home is Houston, which makes a Texas team [i.e. Dallas Mavericks] a lean-to option. Jordan met with the Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, and to no one’s disagreement, verbally committed to sign with the Mavericks. He then, without calling or texting Cuban, changed his mind and re-signed with the Clippers.

Cuban, whose emotions define transparency, was enraged. Even to the point he threatened this week, on the eve of the Clippers playing the Mavericks [last night], he had saved all the messages and “would make them public.” Cuban attends every Mavericks game and sits front court.

Those who comment, and as you can appreciate, are not few, agree that Jordan SHOULD HAVE let Cuban know personally that he changed his mind. He didn’t. Everyone agrees on that. Dawn last night. Jeff Van Gundy is an ESPN game commentator. Here are the notes from Yahoo this morning:

Later, during the first quarter, ESPN commentator Jeff Van Gundy was asked for his thoughts on the situation and defended Jordan’s free agency decision, noting that all he did was change his mind.

“I have no problem with him changing his mind,” Van Gundy started. “That’s man’s greatest right, the right to change his mind. I do have a problem with not directly contacting Mark Cuban to tell him about his change of mind.”

But then Van Gundy took a turn and went right after Dallas fans for booing the basketball star while also supporting disgraced Dallas Cowboys player Greg Hardy.

“But I would also like the Dallas fans to acknowledge the sheer lunacy and absurdity that they’re booing DeAndre Jordan tonight, and they will be cheering somebody like Greg Hardy on Sunday,” Van Gundy continued. “That to me is absurd. All this guy did was change his mind.”

Van Gundy’s deeper theme is not shallow. A note that the fans are inconsistent…why is Jordan a bad guy and a cheer goes out for Hardy?

That’s about consistency. That we opine not on our feelings about someone, not about whether or not our team wins. But, we consider EACH situation based upon our values, what we hold dear. No. Make that dearest.

Consider, each of us, our values. When it comes to the next possible president. What do we value the most in the leadership skills of the new president? Seems to me that’s more important than whether or not either Clinton or Trump wears hairpieces.

And in our own personal matters. Pushing here. But what informs our relationships? My own bias, not to be an expert but to have very real persuasions…these are the factors which impact my regard for others:

Is there gratitude?

Is there full and honest effort?

Does the ego dwarf the heart?

For in point, to take from the last presidential debate…it may be the case welders make more than philosophers. But. That’s not what factors life for me. Nope. It’s what “goes on” inside…and knowing the “inside” not only offers in ordering of life…it impacts on whether or not we clap and cheer.

My efforts in living…hopefully they are consistent, one situation to the next…hopefully when I’m in any situation how can I recognize and reduce human need? I look for that. Hopefully you do too.

A focus from all this: CONSISTENCY. Will give it a full effort. And. Hopefully you will not deny such for your own living and relating.


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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