My ultra-boring life

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Ahhh, nostalgia

I'm in Norman, Oklahoma right now, preparing for my 20th college reunion.  The town has changed.  The institute has changed.  I'm sure some of the people have changed too.  But there is just enough the same that it's bringing back a flood of happy memories.  This is where I gained my testimony of Christ.  This is where I learned that I am lovable.  This is where I learned to love and serve others.  This is ... my birthplace.  Oh, how I loved the dorms, and the institute, and that little apartment on Cruce St. that is no longer there.  This is where I gained some of the best friends a person could ever have, whom I am overly excited at seeing again tomorrow.  I know that God sent me here 24 years ago and I can only hope that everyone gets a chance to have such a wonderful eye-opening experience sometime in their life.  Age brings with it perspective, though, and I know those years weren't perfect and I wasn't perfect (still am not).  But they were a delight.

Now if only my nostalgia didn't translate into buying too much OU gear....

Politics: integrity vs. 'relatable'

I've heard a lot of arguments against Romney because he's not a 'common man' or that he is 'too rich' for the voting public to relate to him.  And I got thinking -- since when do we want leaders that are as flawed as the 'average Joe'?  Sure, Romney is a multi-millionaire (though he made his millions, he didn't inherit them).  I'd rather have someone managing the economy who KNOWS HOW to make millions rather than someone who doesn't.  And yes, he's sacrificed tons and tons of hours of service to his church and other charitable causes.  Wouldn't you rather have a leader who sacrifices of himself for the greater good rather than someone who doesn't?  I think it comes down to integrity.  We need a leader who has proven himself to be a man of integrity -- someone who does the right thing when no one is looking.  Or when people ARE looking.    Only in such a man can we be assured of having a leader who will do what he believes to be the right thing even when it is 'politically incorrect' or difficult.

Now, I don't believe in everything Romney wants to do.  But I believe that he is a man of integrity, who will do what is right.  I believe that he has our country's best interests at heart, rather than his own personal gain (and he's proven that he doesn't need the money or the power of the presidency for himself).  I think he's in the race for the right reasons.  I hope I'm right.  I hope other people believe it too.