January 6, 2020
Bynum Miers Stewarded Potential, Moment by Moment
Bynum Miers was a McMurry graduate, committed Methodist, and avid philanthropist. On Christmas Day, we lost a stalwart champion of TMF. And I lost one of my dearest friends. He was a former board member and board chair; he was one of our first medallion of merit recipients and a leader on whose shoulders we now stand.
When describing Bynum, we talk about his humility, his compassion, his generosity – not just writing checks but actually becoming involved face-to-face with those who could use a hand because Bynum believed that if you really took the New Testament seriously, you had to become involved in the needs of the underserved.
We remember his love of creation whether it be found on a ranch, on a golf course, or on a trout stream. We even reminisce about his commitment to education, how he started his career as a fifth-grade teacher and coach before he became a rancher, investor, and manager, and how that commitment transitioned into a scholarship fund with TMF.
We are still in awe of all he did in the community and all the ways he served, as a board member with the YMCA in Abilene, the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, Sears Methodist Center, and other organizations that were making a difference in the world.
But the overriding trait in all of this is that I’m not sure I have ever known anyone who loved life any more than Bynum, not just the living of life, but the concept of life. Bynum believed each moment was precious, and that within each moment was an opportunity for that moment to be lived out to its fullest potential.
At TMF we talk about the stewardship of potential. Bynum was a steward of the potential for each moment in life and the tools that he used were those mentioned above – generosity, kindness, appreciation and always humor. When Bynum laughed real big, he would clap his hands together and hold them there, as if the laugh wasn’t quite enough. He wanted to put an exclamation mark on it; he wanted to signal how much he was enjoying being with you in that moment.
We are so thankful for all the ways Bynum’s example and service to TMF have deepened our understanding of stewarding potential – and for all the precious moments we got to spend with him, moments that add up to an “abundant life” stewarded toward the world that God imagines.