My mom, who I have the deepest love, respect, and honor for. I have to credit her and the Lord for giving me what I have in my heart for the world, the people, and this country. I grew up among devout Christians, who a lot of them do not believe in getting involved in politics. Many of them probably do not even vote, it is all about their relationship with the Lord and nothing else, which is commendable I must say. They however believe that God is going to do what He has always planned and we can do nothing to affect that plan, nor should we work against that plan I guess you could say. My mom was never that way, she wanted us to also be politically aware and to take part. I also believe that we CAN do things to affect God’s plan, in that, we can do things that will cause Him to have mercy on us, the people, and the Nation. You look at Abraham, Lots family, Sodom and Gomorrah, God was just going to destroy them until Abraham intervened, and He let Abraham try to find I think it was ten righteous men or people Therefore God allows some to affect His plan, not completely but at least some aspects of it.
She also raised us to respect Nature and to care about the environment, not like environmentalists but like conservationists (as most country folk do), to have a profound respect for it. My great love for Jesus, that He has given me, truly made this connection much deeper and more meaningful, than it ever was before, because He created it all, I am in awe of His imagination, His wisdom and His love, not only for me, but for everyone. You read the difference in the mercy given before He came, and that after He came. He is truly amazing, that thru Him all this was created, The Fathers, and the Sons love for us astounds me. That they would create all of this not only for their own enjoyment, but also ours. I do not see how people fail to see that love in all things they created, you look at the detail in each flower, bug, animal, tree, bird, everything! The lowly toad even is the only creature with gold eyes, they gave all beauty of some kind, it is we who must take the time to see it. It is truly amazing, you look at the heavens, even the Hubble space shots, the beauty of the heavens, and that is only the ones we can see, just think how much more beautiful His heaven must be. The fact that we share 99% (I think that’s the number if memory serves) of our DNA with chimps, that doesn’t make me wonder if we came from apes or chimps. What that does for me, is totally amaze, and impress upon me the wisdom that they (God and Jesus) could change one little thing and create something completely different.
As an aside, I am also not Oneness, you cannot be both the Father AND the Son. I have learned more than anything in life about truth, if it does not make sense it is not true. In Genesis, it is clear as all thru the Old Testament that He was a separate entity from God, I do not want to get into religious doctrine so I will not go into that in depth, that is for others to do. Let me just say that in Genesis He was the Light before there was the Sun, He is also the Wisdom that it speaks of in Proverbs 8, In Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let” us” make man in “our” image, after “our” likeness, It does not use a singular it uses a plural. Now for all of my Christian brothers and sisters, Bible scholars that refer back to the original Hebrew, Greek, etc. Please do not get caught up in this aside, and sidetracked from my original purpose for writing this. There is really little difference in our overall beliefs, so please do not get caught up in the small details I have used here.
While I have always loved people, my family etc. In doing genealogy like I have, it has given me a much greater depth, breadth, respect, etc. and made me feel closer to all people. I do not know how to explain it, I just know that Jesus obviously led me to get into genealogy, because I was lacking in some respects in my nature. I say this because I have always been acutely aware of myself and I have studied myself, my reactions, my feelings, my human nature as it were. I have noticed this change in me, and I have to thank the Lord for it. Everything in my life, I can see how He has worked thru these things, to make me who I am. I am by no means being boastful or anything, if it were not for Him and the people who have touched my life, I would be nothing like I am. No, I also do not think I am perfect by any means either, far from it. That is why I ask for the Lords help everyday in all things, and why I wish I had another 3 or 400 years to work on me. Contrary to popular belief, Christians do not think they are perfect, they know they are not. That is one of the reasons they are followers of Christ, they know they need assistance. I also do not think I am a christian, because I do not measure up to the standard I was raised to uphold. I hope just simply to be someday everything the Lord wishes me to be, and to help in whatever small way I can, to let Him use me in whatever capacity that He wishes to. I do pray though that I am a vessel of honor, that He can use and work through, I also pray that I might someday be worthy of the grace, He has shed on my life and that in the end, He will see in me, that which is worth saving.
I also have to say I get my love for the underdog, or those less fortunate you might say from mom. I was always friends with the underdogs, or those who were needy. I never liked people who put on airs or looked down at other people for whatever reason. I can’t stand being around people who are constantly making snide comments about the people they observe around them. I have always had a compassion for people, their pain, their needs, etc. I do not like older children picking on younger ones, etc. which is why I raised my son, to protect and stand up for those who are picked on for whatever reason.
My mom also did not want us only to be country boys, so she also exposed us to the arts, fine books, antiques, music, etc. I guess those things that people term as the finer things in life. I must also add that I was the one that caused her the most grief growing up, I have not always been the person that I am now. I have to credit Jesus for that change, I can never thank Him enough. He has made me see things that I never saw before He touched my life. My mom with help from Jesus, has also taught me more than anyone, how people can change, how to deal with different ones in different ways, because it is not what you say or do with people that effects them negatively, it is how they take it that affects them. While you can do or say one thing with one person and bring about positive results, another person who you do or say the same to, it affects them in a negative way. People are all different, and you have to pay attention to the little signals that each give off to try to perceive how you are affecting them.
I also have to credit my dad who I have the deepest respect for, in my teen years (my dad had an heating and air business) I worked for him from the time I was 12 yrs old till he went out of business in the 80’s due the the Carter economy. They took us out of public school and we started doing home study courses due to the business being 60 miles from where we lived. We worked for dad 3 days a week, and did our schoolwork on the other days. I was very young, therefore I spent many years as a helper, instead of being promoted to lead man. For you who don’t know, in construction, lead man is the one in charge of the job, the work and who is doing what work, the helper or helpers being the ones doing what the lead man tells them to do. The helpers ALWAYS get the jobs the lead man doesn’t want to do.
No it didn’t matter that I was the bosses son, as a matter of fact I had to work twice as hard as someone else to prove myself to each new lead man that I had to work under, to put it in perspective, most helpers, I mean wet behind the ears, don’t know nothing beginners. Usually for a year, they would spend as helpers. Then they would be promoted to lead men. Because I was so young, I spent 4.5 years as a helper. I wouldn’t change that either, I found later when I became a foremen over very large jobs with many different people under me. Because I had spent so many years as a helper to so many different lead men I had learned all kinds of different ways to complete the same task or job, because every lead man had his own way of wanting things done.
I learned later as I became a lead man and then a foreman over many more than one or two helpers, that this education I went thru gave me the knowledge of many different ways of doing the same thing. I therefore never insisted on the guys helping me, doing it a certain way i.e. my way, because I learned from helping all those lead men where they insisted on the helper doing it their way, because they had learned thru their experience that it was the fastest way for them.
However, I also learned that different ways were faster for different people. No one way was the fastest for any 2 people. I therefore, when I had a new guy I was teaching, I would present him with many different ways to accomplish the same task and let him figure out which one was the best for him. I also NEVER ever asked them to do something I didn’t do with them or wasn’t willing to do myself. I also learned by helping all those different lead men, because most of them had less experience than I did, I learned that you never knew so much that you couldn’t learn something new.
I therefore never looked down on those I taught, nor did I ever think that I could not learn something from the least experienced person under me.
I have also learned from my dad how to treat women, how special they are, and to truly love with my all that one special one. My dad has the greatest love and respect for my mother, their is nothing that he would not do for her. I have watched them in their relationship from the time I became aware of girls and how wonderfully different they are. I must say I was quite young when this happened. I was never one of those little boys who thought they were yuck and wanted nothing to do with them. I also asked him when I was younger, how I would know when the right one came along. I have never forgotten his answer. I also have to credit him, with my quiet thoughtful side, I take after him in many ways. My mom and dad are the greatest, I love, respect greatly and hope I honor them in all things. I don’t think I could love two people more!
I could go on and on about the ways my mom, dad, and the Lord have effected me to make me the person I am today. I could never thank any one of them enough in a million years for what they have given me. I also have a profound love for each and everyone who has touched my heart along the way, who have helped me n so many different ways that it would take me a lifetime to tell.
I may add more, I am trying to not make my blog posts too long as I do not want to boar people.
by Tea Party Patriot, lover of Jesus, God, family, friends and Country Proud Hobbit, R. Davis, 2011