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Learning About Grace

Early last week someone sent me a video that talked about “Your Legacy.” I was thinking about this when I watched the eulogy George W. Bush gave his father, George H.W. Bush, I ask you to take 12 minutes and watch it: http://video.foxnews.com/v/5975937478001/?#sp=show-clips.

I don’t believe his speech has anything to do with politics, especially when you see former Presidents in the front row. There were both Democrats and Republics sitting together, the Trumps, Obamas, Clintons and Carters.

This is something we don’t see much of anymore, is it. Seems to me most politicians are too busy talking about what the other party isn’t doing. As I’ve previously said, this is the worst time I’ve seen in America.

Interestingly enough I didn’t vote for H. W. for reelection and neither did MK. We didn’t even know each other at the time. We both ended up voting for Ross Perot. Then, like now, we vote for the person or party we believe is best for small business. Today we both contribute to IFA FranPAC which supports candidates who support small business.

What grabbed me is the relationship between H.W. and Bill Clinton, see the Time article:  http://time.com/5470205/george-hw-bush-clinton-presidents-club/

Think about it, Clinton was the person who kept H.W. from being reelected. I remember the time well, suddenly there was this Governor from Arkansas running against the President at the time. Clinton got 43% of the vote, Bush, 37%, and Perot, the rest. Years later they’re very close to the point that W describes these Presidents as “brothers from a different mother.”

Who is your biggest antagonist? Who is keeping you from achieving what you want? How long do you think it would take you before you’re great friends with the person? That takes a great deal of grace.

At some point we need to take the lessons of H.W – which I learned about last week during the eulogy. He taught his kids to handle life with dignity, humor and kindness, and also:

  • Vowed to live each day to the fullest;
  • He taught his kids anything was possible;
  • He valued character over pedigree;
  • This President looked for the good in each person and usually found it;
  • Giving back to the community was something he preached and did;
  • His kids learned failure is a part of living a full life, but never be defined by failure;
    • In victory share the credit, in defeat shoulder the blame;
  • He loved to laugh – especially at himself;
  • The man was born with two speeds – full throttle then sleep;
    • Remember, he jumped out of an airplane at age 90!; and
    • At age 85 he drove his powerful boat across the Atlantic with the Secret Service trying to keep up; and
  • He always responded with unconditional love.

To me this describes grace. I thought about everything his son said about his father. Then I thought of the video about leaving a legacy. It’s simple stuff, but it’s not easy. I wish I would have read more about our 41st President, but through his story, I learned a lot about grace. m Sh