As some of you probably know, a little more than a year ago my grandfather died, following a 3-year struggle with dementia. During the last year of it, he was bedridden, and rarely able to talk. The times when he could, it usually didn’t make a lot of sense. Even so, he was always surrounded by the love of his family and the love of God.
But, you’d be surprised about how much you can learn from someone like that. Things like patience, persistence, and hope. But the main thing that I took out of that whole experience is this: God will help you, wherever you are. He will make it come out for good, in the end.
When my grandfather died on April 16th, 2016, I almost had a sense of happiness for him. He was finally gone from this world of pain and suffering, and into a new one, of peace and happiness.
This transition is similar to the one that I want to accomplish in my life. Some of you may know, but I plan on entering into law and politics when I grow up. For a long time, I’ve wanted to help out those who are stuck in bad positions, positions made worse by government leaders and policies that that don’t value all of our citizens. I believe that one of the main things that God wants us to do in life is to help others. This view isn’t represented by some of our current leaders, and I want to help change that.
The 2017 election was a window into this for me. One way of looking at baptism is that, through God’s grace, you are dying, and rising again with Christ. Like being risen again, this election opened my eyes to the fact that there is still so much work to be done in our country, and in our world. My goal is lead with others and help our country along a way toward the ultimate goal that God has set before us: peace and happiness for all.