I have known him, really known him for 19 of those years, so almost half of his life.
And then I knew of him a few years before that, but that's a different story for a different day.
Of the 16 years I didn't really know him I have had to piece together some of his childhood.
I get some of those pieces from his dad, A lot from his mom, some from his Aunties and Uncles, I got quite an ear full from his sister before she went on to be with Jesus(what I would give to get more from her now, and to hear her razz him about being OLD) and then of course quite a bit from his cousin Derek.
Today I want to talk about what I KNOW about TheMoses.
He is funny.
He is generous.
He is forgiving.
He is sincere always.
He is never dull.
He is a deep, deep thinker.
He is strong.
He is resourceful.
He is patient.
He is steady.
He is a Christ Follower.
He is a really good dad.
He is shy. (hard to believe but it's really true)
He is smart, not just smart, but wise.
He is fully present, but only in the spot he dwells.
He doesn't like the gym.
He doesn't work out, but gets a work out from his LIFE everyday.
He is a good Uncle.
He is a firm believer in asking questions and therefore has a few conspiracies under his belt.
He has an incredible work ethic.
He can fix anything.
He is an artist.
He is a random facts library.
He is a trustworthy man.
He is a teacher.
He doesn't like to read books.
He likes to watch documentaries.
He likes a lot video games.
He is a pessimist married to THE ETERNAL optimist(we kinda make a good team)
He is a carpenter.
He is a fall asleep when his head hits the pillow kind of guy.
He is a REALLY, REALLY good cook. Really.
He a terrible baker. (Sorry babe it's true though)
He is just.
He is fair.
He is a good friend.
He is a man of few words.
He always has a side project going on or building plans in progress.
He has a really good B.S. detector.
HE IS A GOOD MAN.
It's hard to put into words the measure of a man that has had 40 years.
I would have to agree completely with MLKjr. on the quote below though,
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King, Jr.
These are only some facts, likes, and dislikes but to really KNOW a person you have to go to the heart and soul of a man.
What is his heart and soul?
What does he live for?
What would he die for?
What consumes his every waking moment?
In regards to his heart
I can honestly say, that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, Moses has a beautiful heart, one that is as big, as he is tall. He would like you to believe otherwise, but don't be fooled He is a gentle Giant. He would and has bent over backwards for family, friends, and even strangers. He gives even from a place of being in need, and as far as his soul look at his everyday life. He slaves away so that his family can live well. While he sacrifices we enjoy. While he labors we play.
I know what he lives for, I see this everyday at the butt-crack of dawn, o-dark-thirty he lives to provide.
Not only is he living for us, but in some ways, no... in a lot of ways HE has had to die for us too. The dreams and aspirations that have long been in his mind have been pushed to the side under the weights of responsibility.