About my son, Cade.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Cade. He is my good buddy, and he can prompt a laugh from his father with a mere look. But, he can also test me in greater ways than I thought possible.
At 2 years old, Cade can talk, but he prefers to grunt and make you guess. He derives pleasure from starting an argument with his big brother, sneakily taking a toy he was just playing with, or randomly smacking him on the head to illicit a reaction. In short, he likes to be a punk with his big bro.
He also isn’t crazy about listening, and he loves marching to the beat of his own drum. Perhaps most perplexing is his joyous appetite for destruction. If we leave a cup of sweet tea in his reach, he will go pour it on the couch. If he goes upstairs by himself, we better follow or risk every single wall in his room receiving new artwork. And, we’ve learned not to leave the bathroom door open, or we risk him turning on the sink, soaking himself and a towel, and putting most of a roll of toilet paper in the toilet.
But, I have hope.
My son Cade experiences pure joy in a way that I’ve never seen. He has a natural sense of self, and he knows what he wants. Though not as verbose and certainly leaving us questioning how he opts to use his brain, he can show remarkable intuition and understanding when he chooses.
We also have plenty of resources to help direct him. Both his mother and I are present and love him with our whole hearts. There are a host of books and conferences available to help parents in general and to assist in parenting strong willed children specifically. Cade’s grandparents are also around to help- even though his paternal ones take particular pleasure in the trouble he can cause. Cade’s Sunday School is also a blessing. All in all, there are many opportunities for us to develop as parents so that we can best teach, mold, and train this boy with a host of potential to utilize it for the glory of God.
But, there aren’t many such resources for our politicians.
Every election, there are several strong believers who run for office for the right reasons, have strong capability and experience, and achieve a victory. But, they haven’t served in office before, and there isn’t exactly a playbook.
Serving in office brings a host of problems and challenges. It’s also an opportunity for massive kingdom impact. So, how do you get there? How do our Christ-honoring elected officials take their natural talent and a passion for protecting the unborn to forge a Georgia where life is cherished? Or, take a desire to see God glorified to build the coalition needed to pass religious freedom legislation that the Left will mobilize and spend big against?
You know, the Lord has asked a lot of me as I parent Cade. I won’t get graded on a curve or given a break because it was hard. I am called to raise a God-fearing, impactful man that utilizes his strong will for the glory of the King instead of being held captive by it.
He also asks a lot of our politicians, who, likewise, are called to glorify Him regardless of the challenges. But, they haven’t been given many resources… until now.
Family Policy Foundation’s Statesmen Academy™ is a unique program that develops rising, talented, and passionate leaders to assist them in their journey to fulfill God’s calling by impacting the public square.
This program WILL play a profound role in changing our culture.
Once again, Georgia is likely to have more attendees than any other state. And our state will reap major benefits. Could you help us fund this pivotal program? If you feel led, your gift will be tax-deductible. Please support the training of leaders who will help forge a Georgia where God is honored.
Your support and prayers for the upcoming Statesmen Academy, which will be held in late June, is much appreciated. Our statesmen will be the cornerstone of all we accomplish for years to come, and I could not be more excited about this unique program.
For His Glory,
President & Executive Director