Meridian Star

January 5, 2013

Being a twin

By Ron Wood / guest columnist
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — There are two of me. One is wealthy. The other is handsome. My wife says she married the wrong brother. (Just kidding!) At college, when Don went missing, I stood in for his yearbook photos. In grade school, our teachers never knew which one of us was absent.

    This past week I enjoyed several hours of quality time with my exact body double, my twin brother Don, as he stopped over here. He lives in Texas; consults with attorneys who have their own jets; and is a respected authority on two key subjects: one which affects us here in Meridian.

    Don is a Public Adjuster who travels to places where disasters have cost millions in property damage, like Sandy in New York or Katrina on the Gulf Coast. He helps victims get what they are owed by insurance companies if their claim is denied. He works hard for his clients and earns his money.

    When the waitress at the restaurant asked the inevitable question, "Are you guys identical twins?" I answered, "No, but we had identical parents." Some things are too obvious. I tell Don, "Take care of yourself. You are my spare parts."

    When he brags that he was born first, I remind him that he will be an old man 30 minutes before I will. As adults, we are often competitive; as children, we hated being dressed alike; but we love each other fiercely

    We both once showed up at a wedding wearing lime-green leisure suits.  Can you say, "hippy?" We once discovered that our dogs had the same name. We have very similar interests but our lives are so different.

    However, in matters regarding God, government and family, we are clones.

    Don has written a significant book which I believe addresses the most important issue in America today: FatherPower. Anyone who reads it will be changed. No truth is more vital in our present American culture.

    Don and I are both men who follow Jesus, practice prayer, love our wives and have amazing children. But we know that the America we grew up in has gone away. Young adults today have mostly lost connection with their fathers, with "true truth," with their parents' churches and faith, and they have lost the vision that once made us great.

    While politics or fiscal policy absorbs everyone's attention, the real crisis is much more important but ignored — whether we can rally America's young men to restore the role of biblical fatherhood to its rightful place.

    Ron Wood is a pastor and writer. For information on his church, go to Healing Class is taught each Wed at 11 a.m.