Imagine a World

In your childhood, you could dream. Return. Let yourself return and simply imagine a world that works for everyone, a world of peace and justice, or freedom and brotherhood. Imagine a world where a child’s desire to give is met not with indifference, doubt or scorn but with praise, encouragement and direction. Imagine a world where right is more important than might … a world where leaders become so because of their courage, integrity and compassion … a world of beauty, where love is freely expressed and everyone works to give their best. Can you imagine it?

Source: How to Find the Work You Love, Laurence Bolt

One summer during my middle school years, my parents decided to take the family from Texas, up to the East Coast to spend time learning more about the history of our country.  Our stops included Virginia, Washington DC, Fort McHenry in Maryland and on to Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.  At each stop we learned more and more about the hard work and commitment that our founding fathers, and even the poorest of citizens, had to shape a country with freedoms that would change the way they lived.  A commitment that helped create the greatest country in the world. 

That trip was a life-changing trip for me.  And in the 8th grade, my dream was to be the First Female President of the United States.

At 40, I’m long beyond the years of believing that I will be the First Female President of the United States.  But those childhood dreams did inspire me to invest most of my high school and college years in the study of our government.  And today, still, I love my work in our local City Government.  I truly believe that God has put me on this earth to help others in the role of a public servant and He has given me the chance to do that at many different levels of government. 

But last year, at the ripe old age of 40, I felt that God was leading me (and I finally got the courage) to make my first run for public office.   It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, but I didn’t win. 

While the next election is more than 6 months away, I have been getting a lot of questions regarding whether or not I will run again? 

My answer is …I don’t know.  I really don’t.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been listening to the podcast of one of our local ministers.  His question to the church has been “What does God want to do, in your life, today?”  He talks about his transition from an Engineer at Intel to his life as a priest.   He recalls coming to a point in his life where he felt God’s call to the ministry, but at some point he felt so frustrated by working on trying to figure out God’s will for his future that he just “gave up” on trying.  And in giving up on trying to figure out God’s long term future will, he decided to focus on today.

What is God’s will, for my life, today? 

What is God’s will, for my life, today?  

I think the message that God is trying to share with me is that every day will be another step to the answer.  There are a whole lot of worldly things that will tell me I should not run. 

My job is not to find the answer.  My job is to take the steps that will lead me, and grow me and develop me into the person that God wants me to be. 

And step, by step, by step, my GOD will build me into His will, for my life, everyday.

 

 

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2 responses to “Imagine a World

  1. Isabel P Sem

    Guess I need to check your blog more often. I had missed this one. I am looking for the one you said that you were working on last night.
    You would have been a great President. You have a lot of integrity which we need in our leaders.

  2. Great post. You can still be president:-)

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