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?