Sarah Palin, in the right place…

…at the right time!

If Barack Obama had picked Hillary Clinton would John McCain have picked Sarah Palin?  You know it will be debated.

Clearly, either way Palin is the right person in the right place at the right time.  I don’t know the answer… but I can say I’m just one American very excited about McCain’s selection for Vice President.

It’s hard to believe today is the day after Barack Obama’s night… Where is he today?  No one is talking about him?  The only thing I’ve heard thus far was a statement from his campaign about Palin having been a mayor of a small town.  As if to put her down…  Hmmm?  Talk about elitism at it’s best.  His campaign wants to relate to America?  How will he ever be able to relate with Small-town, USA – like that?  But it’s not really about the people anyway… is it? 

What catapulted Obama to the forefront of American Politics?  Obviously, at some point in time he was in the right place at the right time.

I digress…

Have you ever had an experience where you were at the right place at the right time? 

Life is full of stories much like this one that is making history today.  But more than the experience itself – what did you do with the opportunity?

As I have thought about what has transpired today, I can’t help but reflect on this thought.  Our lives are all made up of moments in time… moments that can be described as being at the right place at the right time.  So, what did you do with what you were given?

Take a moment to read “The Parable of the Talents” in Matthew 25:14-30.  Note verses 19 -21,

19“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’

 21“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. (NIV).

I don’t know that much about Palin myself.  While laying on the sofa re-cooping from yesterdays surgery, I have read as much as I could today and watched the news.  My interpretation of her life may be too simplistic.

I can’t help but be challenged by what I have read.  We all have a mission in life… a mission to make a difference in the lives of others. 

  • What is your mission?
  • Are you making the most of your opportunity? 
  • Are you making a difference in the world in which you live?
  • Are you taking the necessary risks with the talents given?

Obviously, Sarah Palin has made the most of every opportunity in her life.  One report I heard today stated Palin has been in public service for 16 years. (The Fox Report with Shepherd Smith).

According to Wikipedia, in 1996 Palin was elected Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska for the first of her two – three year terms.  In 2006, she was elected to Governor of Alaska and is now running for Vice President of the United States of America.

In a short period of time she has put her talents to work.  And from what it sounds like she has done so with great conviction and risk.  She is living “The American Dream” as it unfolds before our eyes.

To answer Jason, “No, I don’t have anything else better to do! What could be better than this?”

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No More Speculation!!

All of the speculation is over.  The sides have been chosen…

                                                    The Republican’s John McCain and Sarah Palin

The Democrat’s Barack Obama and Joe Biden

For just over the next two months we will be bombarded with ads and headlines that shout loud the up and coming election on November 4. 

So make your choice: Get involved or hide from it all – if you can.  I hope as an American you will get involved.

No matter which side you find yourself on – there are probably a lot of things that have led you to the left or to the right. 

If you are in the middle of indifference, I encourage you to get informed and get involved.

We all have a responsibility handed down to us from our forefathers and all of those who have fought to keep the United States of America free… freedom does come with a responsibility… and I want to keep my freedom.

Paul writes in Romans 13:1-3,

Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.

 Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you’ll get on just fine, the government working to your advantage. But if you’re breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren’t there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. That’s why you must live responsibly—not just to avoid punishment but also because it’s the right way to live. (The Message).

Furthermore we need to pray for our leaders and have a responsibility to do so.

Listen to the words of King David as he reflects over his time as King of Israel,

 These are David’s last words:
    
   …The God of Israel spoke to me,
      Israel’s Rock-Mountain said,
   “Whoever governs fairly and well,
      who rules in the Fear-of-God,
   Is like first light at daybreak
      without a cloud in the sky,
   Like green grass carpeting earth,
      glistening under fresh rain.” (2 Samuel 23:1-4, The Message).

Pray for our leaders… pray for those who aspire to be our leaders.