Live By God’s Opinion

I am probably the last person to comment upon this adorable [and tearful] Youtube. Because…although I’ve preached the key in being the best is not to be THE BEST but to be YOUR BEST, I’m not sure I am able—either literally or psychologically—to take that to the full level of genuineness.

Lots of reasons why—well, only one primary reason. The main reason is that I’m sure, although never measured clinically, I’m competitive…all the time. Even when rooting…for instance, I ALWAYS root for anyone who plays either the Raiders or the Cowboys. Continuing in the sports realm…well, you get the point. Will be competitive tomorrow night for and with the Cubs.

This video in many ways is precious, charming…perfect. Since my wife, Diane, is an identical twin, this is not academic in our families. Not to sort and sift that…phew…this video tugs at the heart. No less, it tugs at the ego.

The identical twins in this video switch joy and tearful sadness…when one is “older by one minute” and the other is taller by a quarter of an inch.

So. Takes a lot of something or other to recognize what’s really of value. And. I find it’s easier to deal with—how am I doing with how are you doing—when I shift from the skills to the giftedness.

That is…I am who I am. At the deepest level birthed by God. When that phrase, “I Am…” voices from God in Exodus, it really means, “I will be who I need to be…whatever that takes.”

How can I incarnate that? How can you? I guess it stems from my friend, Stanley Hauerwas: true value comes when we believe we have lived a life we wouldn’t want to live over. A life not unblemished. But also a life not scattered in pieces…no matter how much we’ve been hammered.

Okay. I need to work on that. Perhaps? You, too. And yet, watch this video and shift the window of looking to the mirror of seeing who and how you are. And make the focus upon your very own self.

Which reminds me…of when my son, Andrew was young. In one precious moment he was resistant to a parental suggestion, stood his tallest, not reaching four feet by any measuring stick, put his hands on his hips and said, “I am my very own individual self.” Yeah for Andrew. Because even now he IS the best he can be…but knowing there’s always room for growth.

No less. For each of us.

Okay. Got to work on that. But, hey, this is a new day…measure it fully…very fully. So you are who you are…and that’s just fine.

Down deep that’s God’s opinion…not mine or others. Much, much better to live by God’s opinion.


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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