I would like to introduce you to one of my heroes.
His name is John Miller, and he is not only my father-in-law, but he is also one of my best friends. What makes him so special? Well... it's a very long list, but here are some of the highlights in no particular order:
1 He is one of the most down-to-earth people I know. There is not a pretentious bone in his body.
2 He loves Jesus.
3 He has half ownership in raising my incredible wife.
4 He has yet to meet a stranger. He can strike up a conversation with anyone at any time and they will instantly think he is the greatest person they have ever met.
5 He IS the greatest person they have ever met.
6 He loves his mother. (but who wouldn't, she is such a doll)
7 He is head-over-heals in love with his wife of 50 years. (she's a doll too)
8 His love for me is without any conditions or stipulations. He has believed in me many times when I didn't believe in myself, and forgiven me when I couldn't forgive myself.
9 He brings so very much joy to people when he plays his guitar and sings.
10 When he determines to do something, he does it. (like learning to play the guitar)
11 He is optimistic and sees the glass half full.
12 He has a gentle spirit.
13 He has been an example to me of how a gentle spirit will take you far in relations with other people.
14 His work ethic is second to none. During his years at UPS he received many awards, and even in retirement, he is happiest when he is busy, either tending his immaculate yard or helping anyone who needs a hand.
15 Even though at this moment his body is wracked with cancer, he has been an example to all of us of unswerving faith, incredible attitude, and courage.
There are plenty more, but this will suffice for now.
Let me get back to number 8 for just a minute. In the 30+ years that I have been with his daughter, I cannot count the times that he has told me how grateful he is to have me for a son. Notice that didn't add the in-law. He and Wanda have always made me feel like their own, and have loved me as such. Even when I have disappointed them and let them down, their love for me has always been unswerving.
He gets tired easily these days. The cancer and the chemo have taken their toll on his body, and yet, even though he has some bad days and he fights discouragement on occasion, he is still an inspiration to me of a positive attitude and a love for Jesus that will live in my heart for the rest of my days.
That's Hans Muller, my hero...