Sometimes, moments that are small, both in reality and significance, can leave a profound impact on your mind.
One such moment happened to me this week when I walked by a karate studio and saw “Classes for Ages 3 and Up” advertised. With my oldest son, Peyton, turning 3 in May, I walked in to have a conversation with the instructor. I have long thought Peyton – who constantly talks about fighting, who thoroughly enjoys wrestling his dad, and who is passionate about any opportunity to run around and “show off”—should do something like karate from an early age. I walked out of the studio with information in hand, ready to sign Peyton up in May.
Then thoughts began flowing: my son is almost 3, he’s old enough to do karate, then other sports – he’s growing up SO fast!
Pretty soon Peyton will be school-age. I’ll blink, and he’ll be getting married and raising kids of his own. Before I know it, he may be the one taking care of me!
My sons personalize so many important issues for me. While I’ve always been staunchly pro-life, I became infinitely more so the moment I held my boys for the first time. While I’ve always been a devout believer in God’s design for the family, I became infinitely more so as I began praying for the eventual spouses of my wild sons (trust me, those future wives, NEED prayer!). Moreover, while I’ve always been a school-choice advocate, I became infinitely more so as my wife and I began discussing our plan for educating these two future Kingdom-warriors.
We all have had similar experiences! We all have seen issues we care about and believe in become all-the-more personal when our own lives or the lives of people we know become directly impacted.
As the 2017 legislative session winds down, the Family Policy Alliance team and I have begun putting together our legislative priorities for 2018.
With my son approaching school age, school choice is one of the many issues very much on my mind. What is on your mind? What are some issues you are experiencing personally? How can we partner with you and your family to work toward a political victory on your behalf?
In His Service,