True Love

Last September, I fell in love with not one, but two precious guys, Robert Elder and William Cooledge Howard.  They both weighed a little over three pounds.  My brother and sister-in-law had twins on September 8, 2009.  They live in Savannah, and I was out of town, so I did not get to be there at their delivery.  Because they were born premature, they had to stay in the hospital longer than most babies.  I arrived three days after their birth.  They were in the Special Care Unit for infants.  When I first laid eyes on them, I thought my heart would burst.  I could not believe how much love I could feel for these two precious cherubs who were my own flesh and blood.  They had tubes all over their little bodies, and Will had a feeding tube because he was not able to eat on his own yet.  I could not wait to get my hands on those little angels but had to wait until the next day.

When I first held them, I was so overwhelmed at how much love I felt. I believe I experienced only a small sliver of the unconditional love God has for His children.  Those babies were totally helpless and could do nothing for themselves or for us, but there is an unexplainable love that you experience that can only be from our LORD who is the definition of love.  I was so teary I could not keep back the tears for days.  I remember just staring at Will soundly sleeping with a tube coming out of his nose. It brings tears to my eyes even now.   How can anyone look at a precious tiny baby and not believe that every life is precious and a gift from God?

I also had another epiphany in that room.  I thought about this world that these precious angel babies were coming into.  What kind of world is awaiting them?  Are we going to be the first generation ever to leave  this next one in worse shape than ours?   Are they going to be able to have religious freedom when they are older?  Are they going to be saddled with a debt that is unsustainable and impossible to repay?  I began to think that I have a responsibility to these babies and others like them that I want to contribute to their future for good.  What can we do?  What can I do as one person?  How can my voice be heard?

I told my brother in that room with tears in my eyes, “I have to run.”  I had been praying for a long time about getting into public office and feeling a strong tug that I am supposed to throw my hat in and give a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves.  My nephews are now thirteen months old, and all that they can say now is ” Da Da ”  over and over.  I believe I  and many others across this nation are being called to run on a local, state, and federal level to speak up for this next generation.  We must say enough is enough!  Our spending has gotten way out of hand, and we must stop this madness before it is too late for Robert and Will and all the children who are looking to us to be responsible adults.

I don’t know where this will lead and will give more details later about what race I will be running in.  Right now, we must focus on this November 2, 2010.  We must help get conservative principled leaders into every office.  We must volunteer our time, treasures and talents to as many of these candidates as we can.  This is the most critical election of our lives.

It is time to act! We cannot sit on the sidelines anymore.  If we do, it may be too late. Think of the  Roberts and Wills in your life. See their innocent faces looking up to you.  It will be a driving force for me every time I think that I don’t want to do this.  We must take the road less traveled sometimes, and it is usually the hardest.  However, freedom is worth fighting for.  I want Robert and Will to grow up with the same freedoms I have been so blessed to enjoy.  I want them to be proud to be an American.

What are you being called to do? Not all of us are called to run, but I do think that each of us can contribute in a significant way.   I believe we all have been born “for such a time as this.”  True Love will drive me forward.  What will drive you?