4 thoughts on “What Matters Most

    1. So this explains a lot about how you and Jim relate to people – you both not only had a good start in life, but two wonderful examples of how to live it. Thanks for sharing your blog with me.

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      1. Thanks for your comment. I think most of us are given clues about life in our families as kids. For some those are positive things. For others, they are clues about what kids want to avoid as they grow older. There were plenty of stresses in our family as we grew up, but I think some basic qualities took root that may have opened Jim and me to hear the call to ministry. My dad’s and my relationship became more strained as I grew through high school and then moved away. I suppose that’s as it should be. My fondest memories of my dad were in those early years.

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      2. We do learn the basics of the role of our gender in life by the example of that same parent, but the refinement comes from the opposite parent as we grow older. Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters in early childhood, and the reverse in young adulthood. At least, that’s been my observation in friends and family. The most miserable people I know are the ones who had either a father or mother they were fighting to “outdo”. My cousins’ Dad was a General in the Air Force. He’s been was for 10 years, and they’re still trying to measure up and surpass him. You were blessed with good examples from both parents, apparently.. Military brats generally get the opposite.

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