Achieving Perspective and Learning to Live
The day began like any other, but during the afternoon of September 18, 2015, the tiny heart of 22-month old Moriah Constance Wimberley would stop beating - only to never start again.
Reared in Big Spring, TX, Dunn and his wife, Terri raised their six children some 40 miles to the southwest in the capital of the West Texas oil patch, Midland, TX. The booms and busts of the petroleum industry had already taught them plenty about handling the ups and downs that life could bring, but none of it could compare to the loss of their granddaughter, Moriah, on that dry and dusty September day. Accustomed to making high-risk business decisions, they were now faced with the most challenging decision of them all.
How would they choose to view this terrible and sudden tragedy? Would they become crippled by the seemingly unbearable grief or would they, could they, somehow rise above it to not only live again, but to live differently, realizing that with the right perspective, they could tap into something Divine, something powerful.
According to Dunn, "Our lives are a grand drama, one that supersedes Spiderman, Cinderella, Lord of the Rings, or whatever other epic tale has captured our imaginations. Every one of us is intended to play a leading role, but accepting the role is up to us. Our lives here on earth are a very short, spectacularly amazing, once-in-an-existence opportunity. I call it our `two-minute ride'. If we fail to choose the right perspective, we may very well miss the opportunity of a lifetime."
Drawing from a tested, but unwavering, faith in God and His revealed truth in Scripture, Tim shares a better way to view life when travelling through the valleys of profound grief and tragedy, the monotonous routine of daily life in the plains, and the intoxicating success experienced on the mountaintops. Through these experiences, the believer is challenged to embrace their inner "superhero", realizing they have been called to fight an evil superpower that is often cloaked in ordinary selfishness, expressed in ordinary activities, where more often than not, they feel like the underdog rather than the "superhero" God has empowered them to be.
Ultimately, making the most of one's "two-minute ride" lies in their ability to harness true perspective – a perspective gained from knowing God Himself through a living faith in Christ. Dunn offers all of us hope, reminding us that the circumstances of life are our opportunities to learn, and while not always easy, it truly is possible to live above it all.
"Some rare people are so bright and get so much done I think of them as extraordinary. I usually also think they should write a book so the rest of us could get some idea how they do all they do. My friend Tim Dunn is one of those rare extraordinary people, but he is even rarer in that he has indeed written a book! I hope you will take advantage of that and read it and apply its wisdom in your own life."
NY Times Bestselling author of Martin Luther and If You Can Keep It.
Among his active leadership roles, Tim Dunn is a board member of Grace School of Theology and Citizens for Self-Governance, chairman of the board of directors for Empower Texans, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, and The King's College in New York City, and vice chairman of the board of directors at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and First Liberty Institute. Tim and Terri continue to make their home in Midland, TX where they are the proud parents of six children and 15 grandchildren.
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