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Eric's Sunday Sermon; The Stature of Man
I think this ship could carry more personnel than were in my hometown when I was born.
Joe has bad stature? We do not say stature in the negative. I don't no why.
Did you know that some people have what they call arrested development? It really means that somewhere along the line their growth got captured and held captive someplace. It is possible that that place of captivity we are talking about is a jail where we have put ourselves under arrest. Probably we did not even give ourselves the respect to “read us our rights”. Probably also we chose to either lose the key or maybe even worse, give it to someone else so that we were reliant upon them for our release or freedom. The concepts of guilt and resentments are at work here, those twin son demons.
Stature of the earliest part of our independent mobility is hands and knees doing our best to crawl. That is the physical stature. The holistic stature of that child is to go to and see what is. Somewhere we learn to walk and even run. In our earliest phases here most simply love to run and walk and about seeing what they see as they travel. One of the finest children’s games there is, is called tag. Then the stature and mobility of the man changes to where the reason for the mobility is to get some place. Perhaps even a noble purpose driven life. It is in this part of life that most create a child. So the stature of the man is the example of what the child must develop.
We have all heard the phrase “the road less travelled” but we must be cognizant of the destination. “A destination less travelled to”.
We think of stature and our minds go directly toward the posture of a man, how erect he stands. Upon further thought we add the proviso that his stature is also connected to the stands that he makes. Then we might well add the respect that he deserves. Funny but I have never heard the phrase “he had terrible stature”, so I surmise stature is reserved for the positive in us.
I will not even research it here but for some reason I think that Statute, Statue, Stand and Stature all have to do with how something is standing for something. And certainly that is not restricted to the physical. Perhaps the words have origins having nothing to do with each other. But it is interesting to think of them along the same lines.
Perhaps the stature of one man. Perhaps Washington? I like these pictures. I lived in a place where the Cathedrals were built on Aztec pyramids - Chollula Mexic
Are power and might the things of stature. Or is it the heart?
Is it mystical what is the stature of a man?
There is a fine phrase: The Doing Of The Thing. https://www.amazon.com/Doing-Thing-Brilliant-Whitewater-Holmstrom/dp/1892327074 (I think a book by Brad Demick that is a must for people who want to understand people that are in nature different than us city dwellers and I might add wonderfully written). At some point the man walking on two legs from destination to destination notices something special along the path, both metaphorically and physically. It changes him. He begins to see that what he thought was the stature of the man who reached the pinnacle was what mattered, was at least partially wrong. It became apparent that his real stature was how he impacted others while on his journey. Now do not for a second think that we are talking about the easy civic participant stature. We are not talking conformity here. Probably the opposite.
Just a fun thought here. I am not referring to horrific hurricanes here. I am writing of places where the winds are supposed to normally blow over 100 miles an hour. Tops of mountains and the like. A man that stands erect facing a 70 mile an hour wind will most surely get knocked down. The man that bends his knees a little and hunches his back a little and then leans into the wind may remain standing. This is true in life also. Standing erect for the purpose of standing erect will blow you over in times of strong winds. Stature is not being erect when it is time to lean over and give a hand up. Stature is not standing proud when humility is called for. The father who does not stoop for his son does not love his son.
It is entirely possible that one man must bend his own morals and integrity to help another. Certainly a battle within occurs in such circumstance. So even if the man must sway a bit like the willow in the wind he remains rooted in what he calls good.
In contemplating this issue we can let go of the tethers of the model society proclaims as a man of good stature. We must be careful here though as we cannot simply say that just because society proclaims it good then it is bad. Sometimes it takes some pretty nasty fertilized soil in order to grow the best rose. While the society of man has many stinky constructs many good things come of them. When the farmer has one rotten apple in the barrel he can cast that one out and save the many good apples if he is vigilante. If he is not discerning quickly casting out the rotten truly his whole barrel will turn rotten. And it is the same in looking at the traits of a man. We mean this both from the internal and the external. In order to maintain good stature a man must both listen to guidance from others and also do his own pruning.
Who stands taller?
Perhaps this is my stature. I think I am OK with that/
I think gifts and love must be shared
Money. Do the finest clothes with the perfectly coiffured hair and just the right amount of bling increase a man’s stature? At first blush I say no not at all. On second thought if the man spends equal amounts of money helping others, well then it may. Dapper John may just be philanthropist John also. So we cannot judge a book by it’s cover and we cannot judge a man’s stature by his cover. And so of course the opposite is true. The appearing pauper may be a man of high stature when it comes to helping his fellow man. Wealth may be an opportunity to increase ones stature but it may also be an encumbrance. Once again it is the choices that the man makes that determines his stature.
There is this mixed bag that we get when we know what we must do. First we must ask if it is hubris and arrogant that we think that our way is the right way to go. And so many potential men of good stature get moribund here. Lack of confidence, insecurity and a fear of what others think takes the stature of the man and hides it from himself and the world. And so the ruddy hell of it is that we must actually take action to be of good stature. And furthermore it means that to be a man of good stature one must often fail. Overcoming failure is such a much higher standard than to not have taken action. The wonderful thought not expressed is far worse than no thought at all.
Those of us who dwell in the world of composition, know full well that we must “publish” our songs, poetry, stories and opinions or suffer. The stature of such art does get to be defined by popularity or financial success. The stature of such an artist is measured by performing his art using the gifts freely given him. A man who dies without putting his poem to print, may not be a man of good stature. But one who gave the world his art – good or bad, is a man of good stature. Contribution is such a wonderful word. Let us be careful here though. The physician who travels to a far off land to heal the sick and the lame should not be judged on his lack of spending his time on writing. It is not what the exact nature of the gift is that matters. It is that the gift given is shared.