During this time of restoring my health, I was driving around in a convertible with a great haircut and fifteen pounds lighter. I have been eating like a monk and exercising like a monkey, but I was still feeling lousy. They found some wicked bacteria in me that have been causing havoc to my body for ten years, but if you spot it, you got it. The recovery begins.
So I penned an aphorism. “I would rather feel good than look good.” I rather be fifteen pounds overweight, have a bad hair day and feel great. The world’s worldview says if we look good, we will feel good. The whole fashion industry is built on this. But looking good, which is harder and harder as we get older, does not make me feel good. Instead of looking good, the aim is to be good which will make us feel good and, if there is any goodness left over, make us look good. As we get older, being good through the gift of righteousness from Jesus gives us will be the foundation of all goodness.
I like to ask the youth in the church, “Would you rather be happy and ugly, or sad and great looking?” When some answer, “Happy and ugly,” I say, “Congratulations. You made it.” Then they look at me like a tree full of owls. And I tell them a new principle for life- “It is OK to look cool, like riding in a yellow convertible with bright red shades, but be ready at any moment to throw all coolness to the ground to honor Jesus.”
I do believe if the barn needs painting then paint it. Cosmetics will cover a multitude of sins. But putting on Christ in the morning trumps putting on sharp clothes and checking for nose hairs. I’m still learning to saturate myself in Christ’s words and in Christ’s presence in the morning. I want to present myself to Him before I am presentable to everyone else. And as His goodness seeps into the inner man, I’m feeling better, and God forbid, looking good.
In 1994, the McMillan family traveled to the kidnapping, murder, and drug capital of the western hemisphere to plant a church and a foundation. God thought Medellin, Colombia a good place to raise a family. And turns out He was right (as He usually is). It became a very large family: The church, Comunidad (Community), is now the largest church in Medellin with over 8,000 members, the Foundation, Viento Fresco, cares for over 150 high-risk children, and a non-profit coffee shop, New Hearts Cafe, serves cups of caffeine and the love of Jesus to thousands of college students.
God is doing so much in Medellin, and we write about here on the Teammcmillan.org blog!