Marry Christmas

I won the lottery. Millions. What do I do with it?

No, not true, but the question, what do I do with it, is relevant.

More specifically, and headed your way with your own personal question, what am I doing with my life?

Hits me that’s the deeper verity of Christmas or Hanukah or any other religious belief.

I’m talking about values. Not wealth. Not circumstance. Not authority. Not anything else.


Seems to me, of course only my “take,” is the reality of values is being buried in today’s swirling world.

All I can share is I find this important: do I tell the truth? Do I care about how life, and more pointedly myself, in what I say or don’t say, what I do or don’t do, impacts others? Do I know there’s no luggage rack on a hearse, that my resources are to register and reduce human needs? Sure, mine. But also your very own resources.

A dearest colleague, Joanne Carlson Brown, and maybe it was mis-written, wrote, MARRY CHRISTMAS.

Wow. That’ll preach tomorrow, Marry Christmas. Which means that Christmas and I are to commit to a covenant. A covenant is an agreement between at least two people they will each give their FULLEST for the good of the RELATIONSHIP. Not for the self, but for the relationship. In Christmas we say the word, Immanuel, which means God with us. I love the preposition “with.”

Its expansion goes like this: God with us, for us, within us and through us.

Here’s my hope…not academic but real. I try my best to tell the truth, to be genuine, to give a full effort and to help others…priorities. And. Believe me. That’s got more to do than with simply fishing.

May it be when I move on in life the shortest book about me won’t be when I’ve told the truth. When I have helped others. When my being in covenant doesn’t get to 0%.

How about you?


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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