The Value Of Becoming Less

I’m becoming more and more aware that when a decision needs to be made, hardly anyone pushes for more, to this extent: “Mark, in your thought and heart, what seems to be best in this for you?”

Some friends do…they are my “go-to” covenants. Those who care more for how they’d handle my situation…well, friendship has its limits. That means lots of limited friendships. Sorry, but that’s the truth.

To this, I give thanks to my Saturday morning covenant guy: Art Johnson, VP at McCoy Materials. He gives a voice mail report to all their stores—more than a handful of stores. It’s a 3-part report—gosh, just like we were told in seminary about a sermon’s sectioning. 3-part. Never a quartet. Not sure why. Maybe it’s something about brevity and recollection?


This morning Art’s Voice, the affirmation—celebrating working anniversaries and retirements of employees, with particular comments on the value of the employee. Then the market report for Friday. Confession: I am close to clueless what the numbers mean…they are what they are. Sure. It’s about profit and margin. But, then he switches…from profit to prophet. [Hey, it just came out!]

Then the voice of Art, the deeper, so valued and trusted voice. I took notes about how he began with McCoy as a management trainee, in early 1980, in Abilene, Texas. He then said, much better than I,

“Early I didn’t see people. All I saw was my reflection in them…me, me, me.

Now, it’s different. Now. I can make you bigger than me—good thing—being less so others can be more.”

Boys and girls, give me a loud AMEN!


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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