Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have,[fn] get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. Proverbs 4:6-8 NIV
No, I’m going to preach a sermon on wisdom, but I am going to point out why we should all exercise wisdom in everything we say or do. Why? Wisdom protects us from the foolishness consequences we could endure. When we get understanding, of any and all things, we are more likely to exercise wisdom. When we cherish wisdom (not looking down on those who actually exercise wisdom in decisions and not impulsivity), she exalts us and when we embrace–the concept of wisdom and in exercising wisdom–she honors us–publicly and we never have to be ashamed of what we say or do. Has a nerve been touched yet?
I, like many people, have not been impressed with most politicians. I’ve often noticed the lack of integrity and honesty exhibited by many and unfortunately, lumped them into the same category. I was wrong. The politicians elected to office in any capacity are actually more of a reflection of those who voted for them, than who they are. Think about it! We have in the White House, a person who professed not to be a politician, with the intent of gaining trust from those who were tired of the run-of-the-mill politicians. And the end result–we have a demonstrable illustration of how wisdom was neglected by many who were conned by the con artist. They chose not to “get understanding” of who trump was and is and as a result, we all are enduring the consequences of their impulsivity and lack of understanding. But then again–his election is a reflection of those who voted for him–if we understand who he is, we understand who they are and nothing since the election–disproves this concept.
In order to change the direction this country and the world has taken, we must seek wisdom and understanding like our lives depend on it because they do. We must seek information about every candidate and not just from one source, but many–unbiased sources, so when we vote again for a true leader for this country, we will have exercised wisdom and if we exercise wisdom, she will embrace us and honor us–on a global level–so we won’t be ashamed of our leader in America.
The same is true for those we elect on any level–in every community. We must exercise wisdom in voting for every official who requires a vote. If we elect the wrong people–in any office–many suffer the consequences, but this can be avoided with “research” on every candidate and not just looking at the literature they distribute. I believe in the power of prayer, but I also believe I will not see a manifestation of answered prayer unless I “do” something. “Faith without works is dead.”
So, for the 2019 elections (and beyond) in every locality, let’s all do our due diligence by knowing who it is we’re voting for and understanding how our vote–is a reflection of who we are. If elect people with no integrity–it demonstrates a lack of integrity on our part. We must make sure we know who the candidates are and how they’ll address our concerns and not their own. I’m not promoting a “purity test” for candidates, but a true understanding of where they stand on the issues that matter most to us. Do they really care about the community in which they live? What evidence is available to support that? Are they true public servants or just people trying to get to the next level on their political agenda? Asking tough questions and expecting honest answers is key to knowing how to make a wise decision when it comes to electing officials who will make decisions that impact us all.
Elections should not be a popularity contest between politicians, but an demonstration of the “people’s understanding” about every candidate and all of the possible consequences of their being elected.When I decided earlier this year to drop my aspirations to run for president of the United States, it was not because I didn’t feel qualified to be in the office, but because I acknowledged the fact, I did not have the “networking system” in place to raise $67M dollars–the minimum needed to have a viable campaign. No one had to tell me this; wisdom took over and led me in another direction–to pursue a seat on the city council where I reside. Last summer, while canvassing for our governor’s campaign, I met many wonderful and some not so wonderful people, knocking on doors and talking to others. I realized there is a need in this community for people to have access to those who make decisions that impact them and I want to be part of the solution, not the problems. Whether I win this election or not will be determined by those voting and whether or not, they feel I can represent who they are and what they need. I have no personal agenda other than to make a difference where I live. My plans are only to serve one term and then to get out of the way as I pursue relationship building with those who can carry on when my term is up.
And no, I have no desire to pursue further political ambitions because I have none. But I do want to be in position to help others realize their political ambitions to the extent that I can by sharing my own experience with them and guiding them through the maze that will help them get through to the end, winning.
Go ahead, research me and then contact me if you have any questions about anything I can do to help make life better for all within my community and beyond. I look forward to it. Here’s a good starting place: https://www.facebook.com/EPCityCouncilCandidate/ and since I have multiple social media accounts, feel free to “google” me.
Don’t forget–whatever you do, don’t allow personal biases to influence decisions about elected officials–especially when you don’t know or understand how their views will impact your lives. Remember–wisdom is the principle thing and with all of your getting in life–get understanding before electing someone who causes you to lose sleep and hair.