Three Questions to Impact Your Voting Legacy
The Ultimate Plan for Life – Part 3
Voting is one of the best ways to establish legacy. Or should I say participating in the process of democracy? I get it, most of us feel we have no say in this whatsoever and it’s not important. Well, because that is normal thinking and if you don’t want the normal results we’ve been having in this area, then the key is to think thoughts that are contrary to the norm so that your actions follow suit. In this section, we will share what every person can do and what we do to be active and excited to be a part of the democratic process. Not only do you owe it to your family, you owe it to your world.
The Thought or Concept:
How do we prepare for voting?
We don’t always get it right. We’ve not been very consistent in the past, but are learning that we must put the effort in and teach the same disciplines. When it comes to voting we’ve decided not to become discouraged or complacent with the process. The process is the process and we must use the process in order to see change happen in the world around us. By the way, even if you wanted to change the process, you have to first use the process to even do that. What we’ve noticed is that we have family members who think it’s a joke or at best their vote doesn’t matter. Honestly, I can see how this thought can overwhelm us all if we let it.
Therefore to combat such feelings we start with our minds. We begin with altering normal thinking and picking up some uncommon thinking.
“Choose some well-respected men from each tribe who are known for their wisdom and understanding, and I will appoint them as your leaders.’” – bible.com/bible/116/DEU.1.13.NLT
If we don’t choose who will be our leaders, then someone else will. Are you willing to leave this in the hands of people who don’t have your best interests at heart or at least the values you hold dear? We’re responsible for who we see in office. If they are not respected, wise, or understanding, it’s because we didn’t select this type of person and as a result God can only appoint the leaders we’ve selected. With that said let’s talk about what this means as it relates to the legacy you’re establishing.
In talking about legacy, you must ask the question what legacy would you like to leave?Let’s review three questions that I find to be most relevant when impacting change in one’s life and one’s family, which is one’s business.
What legacy are you currently leaving and if unchanged will continue in your family?
I hate to say this, but if you’re not voting, your children won’t see it as important. If we’re not talking about it, our children, those we mentor, and those we influence, won’t see it as necessary and won’t talk about it either. If I don’t make this a priority, then who will? It starts and stops with me. It’s my goal to help in the process of choosing well-respected, wise, and understanding people to be the leaders. If my current actions are left unchanged, we leave those around us with little desire to be an agent for change.
Improving on what you currently do, what legacy do you expect to leave?
Since we are dedicated to participating in the democratic process, seeing to it that we do our part is not enough. Pamela, my wife, is aggressively taking our efforts to the next level. She’s working to make sure our family members are registered to vote and do so before voting registration closes. She is educating family members on their options in political parties. As a result of her motivation, we’ve searched the internet of candidates and have begun writing letters to our political candidates on their stance regarding issues that concern us. Being that this is a section of our family plan, each year we’re working to become more involved and make improvements in this area. Having a strategy allows us to use compounding efforts to make larger impacts year-on-year.
If you could have your greatest dreams come true in this area, what would your legacy look like?
I’d elicit The Christian party. I don’t mean an actual Christian political party. But, what if all candidates were vetted by The Church in both parties? How about a website or web-board that lists the candidates, their contributions, and their characteristics that matter to you in helping you decide who to vote for? What if there was a web-site that listed the Christian characteristics found in the candidates for your review. What if it was tough to vote for a democrat or a republican, not because you’re supporting the best of two evils, but rather the best of two greats? Wouldn’t that be a big difference? This is the legacy we’re working towards creating.
We’re not going to sit idly by and do nothing. As you all have heard me say hundreds of times, everything you do begins with a plan. If there is no plan for voting, then you fail at voting. In other words, you let your family down when it comes to participating in this process.
Today is Friday!
Are you ready to establish legacy in your life and your family, which is your business when it comes to voting? Then put a project plan together on what your family will do. This is no less important than any of your other plans. Think on these things. If unchanged what legacy will you continue establishing? How can you improve upon what you currently do? What is a dream you wish you could see in this area?
Question: What legacy are you creating in the democratic process?
Before I leave you, I always ask you to share this lesson with friends and family, not today. Instead, take a moment and sit down with your family and have a real discussion to determine steps you can make.
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