Have Kind and Humble Disappeared?

Don’t be mistaken. Even though I’ve been in Austin since 1997, I’m not a Country fan. Well, I did attend a Willie concert once, but that’s it. Simply give me Josh Groban and Celine Dion and James Taylor and I’m set.

But. This morning. I received a Tim McGraw video, “Humble and Kind,” and it preached to me big-time.

I’ll listen to it more than today. Maybe you’ve heard it…maybe you know the lyrics. Such a powerful message in a world that swirls more than makes sense.

In a world when bombs almost go off with some of a particular political persuasion and the blame, no surprise here, is focused upon the party of the ones who have bombs addressed to them. Or, when a nation executes the plan to kill someone and then says such absurdities that it was a fight that went wrong. Oh, my. Or, the…you can fill it in.

Nonsense.

But, what isn’t nonsense is our lives and the manner of our living. Where and how in each dawning day do humble and kind fit in? All I can do is try to reach each in word and deed. Truth is I’m probably kinder than I am humble. Many times I hope my confidence doesn’t invade arrogance and my kindness isn’t overbearing or misinterpreted.

But.

What about you?

Consider this day and you. See if you can identify when humble and kindness move from idea to actuality, from word to deed. In other words, don’t live a deedless word.

Enjoy and Reflect:

You know there’s a light that glows by the front door
Don’t forget the key’s under the mat
Childhood stars shine, always stay humble and kind
Go to church ’cause your momma says to
Visit grandpa every chance that you can
It won’t be wasted time
Always stay humble and kind

Hold the door, say please, say thank you
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got mountains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind
When the dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind

Don’t expect a free ride from no one
Don’t hold a grudge or a chip and here’s why
Bitterness keeps you from flyin’
Always stay humble and kind
Know the difference between sleeping with someone
And sleeping with someone you love
“I love you” ain’t no pick up line so
Always stay humble and kind

Hold the door, say please, say thank you
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got mountains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind
When those dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind

When it’s hot, eat a root beer popsicle
Shut off the AC and roll the windows down
Let that summer sun shine
Always stay humble and kind
Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you
When you get where you’re goin’
Don’t forget turn back around
And help the next one in line
Always stay humble and kind

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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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