One of the deepest questions ever asked is “Why?”
I remember when my children were just learning to talk, the most common question was Why, daddy? Try explaining Jell-O to a toddler and you will soon learn just how inexhaustible the question “Why?” can be! But, asking yourself “Why?” is possibly the most important question toward true discovery of your personal motivation.
Recently, I was fortunate to be able to attend Family Policy Foundation’s® Statesmen Academy ℠—a week of intensive training for rising Christian policymakers from across the nation.
At one of these training sessions, a group facilitator asked the statesmen the question “Why?” “Why do you do have a desire to be in policy or politics?” Many answers were given such as the preservation of life, returning the nation to its founding principles, and protecting the family. They were all good answers, but they still left the underlying question, “Why?” just out of reach.
I’ve been turning that meaning over for several days and I have to admit that my “Why?” was very personal.
As a father, pastor, and legislator, I discovered a lot of my answers to “Why?” centered around my family. Several years ago, my wife and I were blessed with the privilege of adopting three wonderful children. The bouncing enthusiasm that fills our home, the endless questions and stories spoken at full volume have brought a longing I wouldn’t have been able to understand before they came into our lives. I want these precious children to thrive.
I have always believed that we should preserve for the next generation what we received from the previous–but nothing has made that thought clearer to me than my three children.
I want my children to live in a state and nation where they can live without fear that they might lose their business or be fired for their faith. I desire a state where parents, not schools, are the guardians of children and schools are the servants of the family. A world where they can go to a school and be taught truth rather than having teachers hypersexualize their minds and teach them lies that tear at the core of their identity. I desire a world in which life is cherished and seen as a precious miracle of God. Where babies are little people and the wisdom of the elderly is not euthanized because a government bureaucrat says they’ve outlived their usefulness in society. My “Why?” is my children.
Why do I want such a world for my children? Well, in a world where life is cherished, and the mind is free to receive truth, the greatest opportunity to pursue true happiness can be found.
Perhaps, our founders were motivated by the same “Why?” when they formed this country. Are you?
If you are, join me to help launch Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming® to advance biblical citizenship and equip and elect statesmen, so that God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.
Director of Advocacy – Wyoming