What I do not overvalue I underestimate.

I put that as my Facebook status this morning because the thought hit me like a subway train. I realized that much of what I am today – and where – could be explained by my either overvaluing or underestimating a thing or person.

I never saw myself doing anything but full-time church/ministry work, but I lost that privilege because I underestimated my own propensity for stupid and selfish behavior. Even then, I assumed the day would come that I would return to it. Turns out, I underestimated AND overvalued a few things there.

I recently saw a friendship I thought would last a lifetime disintegrate. I suppose I had overvalued it…and underestimated the toll my orneriness can take on a soul. Then I look around at this little handful of people who have every reason and right to scatter like rats from a sinking ship and yet they don’t (namely, my wife, her family, and my family), and realize I couldn’t possibly overvalue their love…though I might be guilty of underestimating it.

I overvalued that Liberty University theology degree and underestimated how hard it is to switch horses in the middle of the stream.

I have always and forever overvalued the unique deliciousness of a Dr Pepper and underestimated the impact its copious consumption can have on one’s physique.

I probably overvalue my silver 2500 4×4 Dodge Ram he-man pickup truck.

I always underestimate my kids.

I may overvalue my AT&T Uverse TV and Internet service, but I don’t care. It is better than underestimating how much Time/Warner Cable sucks.

It occurs to me that it may be next to impossible to determine the exact value of most of life’s offerings…especially if they are non-material in nature. I further conclude that I would rather overvalue most things than undervalue them. Better to care too much than too little.

If you are the gambling sort, I will set the over/under on this article making any sense at all to the average reader at about 50/50.

Place your bets.

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By Gene

I am a lover, a fighter, and a midnight writer. I love football, hamburgers, and philosophical inquiries. I love Jesus more than any of that. I love my wife, my daughters, my grandson, and my English Setters, Huck and Finn. I also love Huck Finn...and other seminal characters in American literature. Like Gus McCrae. I love the English language. I love to dive into the wonders of its depth and splash around in the shallow end where colloquialisms and slang rule and reign.
  • Rob Wren

    Gene, after reading this on the same day as Holly’s good news, your ministry will prove to reach farther than you could have dreamed. And that’s just one of your kids! You’ve been in fulltime ministry this whole time pastoring your family.

  • Felicia

    LOVE this!

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