Knowing The Difference Between Worth and Value

Douglas Meeks planted seeds of wisdom and goodness during my dMin studies at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, circa ’85-87. He taught me “to be made in the image of God is to be authorized to represent God.” He taught me about stewardship, that building a bigger barn is not the best option, made clear in the Gospel. I learned that “righteousness” is to have “the power to live,” which means to empower and enable others, not control them. He also made it clear, akin to building barns that hoarding doesn’t bring worth, only $$$ value. Rather, if we really wish to grow, generosity provides that. To give is to grow.

I thought of all this when reading a story about cancer and scholarship in Austin. In thanks…abiding always to Douglas Meeks, and to all my family, friends and colleagues, this story brings value…well beyond worth. When reading, please hold up a mirror [I do] and ask: How am I doing when it comes to value?


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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