If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand – shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. Matthew 5:15-16 (MSG)
Mark Goodson | The Miracle Of The Mundane
Tell us a little about your website/mission/ministry.
I am, above all things, a man in recovery. Being a man in recovery is what allows me to be a man of faith. Only after that can I become a husband, father, teacher, writer. I call my blog “the Miracle of the Mundane” because I’ve discovered what’s dull and ordinary is actually brilliant and divine.
What is the number one thing on your bucket list? Will you do it?
You got me, Susanne. I don’t have a bucket list.
Off the cuff, if there was one thing I’d like to do before I die, it would be see a book of mine (I’ve written and I’m writing several) get published.
But I know that won’t be the thing that allows me to die with grace. What allows me to die with grace is the faith in my heart while living.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?
Drinking and drugging, no matter how those pints, pills, plants & powders make you feel, turns you into the opposite of the man you long to become.
If you could change anything about the world we live in now, what would it be and why?
I would be a billionaire so that I could give everyone in prison a fair trial. 95% of our world-wide record-setting prison population of 22 million have never faced a judge or a jury. Many of them are in prison for non-violent drug offenses. The prison system is too profitable a business in this country for any reform to find true justice.
So I want a billion, or whatever amount of money would give everyone in prison a fair trial. It would shut the system down. And maybe the new justice system we build could resemble more of the divine system of justice that Christ spoke about.
I wouldn’t want any more than the exact dollar amount that would fix the system, though. Money would ruin this great life I have going at the moment.
If you could spend an evening with any fictional character, who would it be? What would you do?
I would spend my time with Sydney Carton from Dicken’s *A Tale of Two Cities*. I’d try to sober him up. I identify a lot with how and why he drinks.
I’ve included you because I believe you are bringing much-needed light to this world. Why do you do what you do? What keeps you going every day?
What keeps me going everyday is the knowledge that life is a gift. I think too many people take for granted what it means to be alive. I’m as guilty of this as anyone else. I become deluded into thinking this is my life and I can do with it whatever the hell I want. Life isn’t mine. I was created. For all our freedom there is no greater freedom than the understanding that we are, in fact, not free to do whatever we want in order to be happy. To be happy, we must do what God wills us to do.