This is quite a bit harder than it would seem. It much easier to write about something else than it is yourself - especially if you are honest and, essentially, attempting to sell yourself. I am aware of my imperfections, but I am also aware of a few things that I do have right. The difficult part is that those things that I think I have right are not the easiest things in the world to write about. I am not sure how one describes honor? A strong sense of service? Accountability? A tremendous capacity to love?
It would certainly be easier to say I have a lot of shiny things, but then ... that wouldn't really be something important to me or about me?
I will also be up front and say that I am in the US Military. I am learning that this makes me as foreign to most Americans as a martian, and that is a little difficult to grasp when you are in and around it every day. I sort of get the feeling we're all seen as robots that occasionally swear? Well, I will say its very much like most other professions, only instead of everyone wearing a suit - we wear camouflage. We also get to work with some of the interesting people in the world. It is a tremendous opportunity to serve and witness the reality of God's wisdom in places where it is most needed. Beneath the uniform lurks men and women who are no different than anyone else.
So what lies beneath that uniform and those nebulous and hard to define qualities?
Well, there is a man who love to cook. I am discovering that sharing meals with others is just a great way to get people together and talk, share, and sometimes just laugh. Plus, its fun :o) There are few things that seem to make me happier than preparing really good food for good people - though I will profess half the fun is seeing the faces of those who stare quizzically trying to figure out where an over stuffed action figure learned how to prepare wonderful food (I like to think I get it from my grandmother ... and grandfather).
Interestingly enough, my father can burn oatmeal - so I know I didn't get it from him.
I am also profoundly thankful for the church. I have never been in an environment that is more open and accepting of God. As I grow into the church, take on roles and responsibilities, that my profound gratitude grows.
I guess if there is anything I could get across with this, it would be that I am a good man. Not a perfect man, but a good one.