What's Your Glory?
God-Centered Resources from the Ministry of John Piper
"I believe the glory of God is the going public of his infinite worth. I define the holiness of God as the infinite value of God, the infinite intrinsic worth of God. And when that goes public in creation, the heavens are telling the glory of God, and human beings are manifesting his glory, because we're created in his image, and we're trusting his promises so that we make him look gloriously trustworthy."
I am reminded of the first after work drink I had with Bill. It was in a dark lounge in one of the downtown buildings on Quincy and Wells . Which one, eludes my memory. I do remember he had a gin and tonic and I think he ordered the same for me. I allowed him to order as I was not familiar with mixed drinks and didn’t want to appear naïve. I was very naïve and very much underage, something he was totally unaware of, as were most people. I was always taken for being more mature than I was, a curse that still exists today. He spent most of the time talking about his service and the effect the war had on his life. This was when I first learned of his Lady Luck and her crew. He had a passion and respect for the military. He loved history and would read book after book on the Civil War. History was a subject I struggled with in school. He would learn from the past and admired all the great strategists, and I wanted to leap into the future and would rather follow the philosophers’ study of man’s conduct. He could answer Why and I would only ask What If. It was during this conversation that I remember stating “War, Man’s Glory!.” At that time and in that place this is what I saw of Bill. If asked today, “What Is Bill’s Glory?” I would answer so very differently. You see I married Bill six years later. A marriage some didn't believe to last more than five years, that lasted thirty-nine years.
Yes, Bill found glory in his service. Not just his service to his country, but to God and his family. That was Bill’s Glory – God, Country and Family. I'm working on a hub that I hope will give tribute to God regarding Bill's glory which is so much more than I thought I saw that day after work.
What Is Your Glory or What Is Man's Glory?