Sunday, October 29, 2006


Not long ago I was sitting in a training session and someone was explaining a method for organizing information. MILO, he said, was the way to go. There was one hiccup, however. True to Beaureaucratic Form, it was necessary to gather the information in the format IOLM, not MILO. The acronym MILO, was for memorization purposes only. Hmm.

Lest we get mired in the details of which way an acronym is to be remembered or how to properly use it to gather information... here's what the darn thing stands for:





…and in it's proper priority form:





Well, all of this may be Greek, Geek, or Eek to you (it very narrowly was to myself as well), but take a closer look. My personal epiphany came as the man was explaining that this informational process can be applied to anything in the world.

Case in point...

Identification: My wife's computer

Organization: one screen, one keypad, one external drive, one mouse, etc.

Location: corner of my living room, EG Miles Parkway, Hinesville GA, United States

Mission: facilitate flow of information between family and friends, manage the budget, etc.

It was in the middle of just such an acronymal application to an inanimate piece of equipment that I realized I have a personal MILO. In fact, I suddenly envisioned MILO as a personal assessment tool to verify where I am and where I am going:

Identification: Child of God, Andrew Harper, Cassidy's husband; Corporal Harper USA; David and Charlotte's son; William's brother; Amanda's brother-in-law; Benj's Uncle; Butch and Karen's son-in-law; Weston, Jenny, Jarrod, Seth, and Darren's brother-in-law; friend to many. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light,” 1 Peter 2:9

Organization: healthy body, sanctified soul, spirit, mind, strong will, moody emotions, sin nature, desire to spend time with and build my family, fear of being replaced. “Finally, all of you have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” 1 Peter 3:8

Location: In my home; A Co., 1-3 BTB, 1st Brigade, 3rd ID, Fort Stewart, GA; Right where God called me to be for this time. “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14b

Mission: To be surrendered to what God is currently teaching me; to be the best husband i can be; to be the best soldier i can be; to reach out to other soldiers who do not know Christ as Savior; to prepare for the step God wants us to take after the Army. “…For obedience to Jesus Christ…” 1 Peter 1:2

As you can see, there are nearly limitless applications for MILO to daily life. I find that it clarifies priorities, gives perspective in current circumstances and helps to provide a framework for future planning. All of these things coupled with a renewed image of who one is makes this acronym a quick, healthy mental and spiritual checkup.

“All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.” Psalm 25:10


Anonymous said...

Awesome, son. Just awesome. My favorite verses come to mind:"For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of POWER, and of LOVE and of a SOUND MIND." II Timothy 1:7 "In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths."Proverbs 3:6
MILO what a neat, logical path of doing just that. Love ya, Mom

Candace Ingram said...

Incredible, Andrew! Congratulations to you and Cass on your wedding and new season of life as a married couple! I know you don't know me - I'm the childhood best friend of Jess Francis, who is friends with Alyssa Welch and through whom I "know" all of you!! I've enjoyed reading the Harper love story as it unfolds and pray that God continues to bless your lives as you walk with Him! Thanks for the great encouragement today in your post - I'm going to apply it to my current life transitions and decisions! God bless!

Anonymous said...

Cass, I praise God with you for this husband that He has blessed you with who is seeking first the God who in His mercy shows us things like MILO! For a man that is keeping God primary.

Thanks Andrew. Thanks for posting. I needed a reminder of my identity in Jesus Christ - a reminder to keep focused on what is primary, what's at the heart of our mission here on this planet. The verses you added were just what I needed to read right now.

love you guys-

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