Wednesday, November 5, 2008


I just needed a welcome distraction! Work is very somber this morning -- but that has more to do with our economy than anything else (trust me!). I have a fairly lengthy drive into work each day, but this morning, I was especially struck by the beauty of the trees, and how they reflect so much the diversity of our nation. The leaves are red, and orange, and yellow, and green, and some are already brown. The people of our nation are peach, and brown, and yellow, and tan, and pale peach( that would be Me!), and a whole bunch of other colors.

And when you put them together, you can see how beautiful they are, just like the trees. You also realize that each can highlight the beauty of the others -- highlighting their diversity, enhancing what God gave them!

After watching the news and seeing who our president elect was going to be, I changed my facebook status to say -- "There are officially no more excuses. If you don't achieve the American dream, it's because you are... WAIT FOR IT... LAZY." Today officially marks the start of a time when there is no excuse why you cannot be what you want to be -- it's only in Your motivation. While some may perceive that as a negative statement, I'm a firm believer that it's the truth. I grew up in an area where there was ALWAYS an excuse. I'm most excited because that doesn't have to be the case anymore. I don't have some unrealistic hope for total equality (hello people, we live in a capitalist system -- there will always be financial inequality because that's the nature of the beast), but today, there are other inequalities that are dead -- like the wicked witch in Oz! -- and THAT is reason to celebrate!

I did not vote for our president elect -- but I am behind him 100% in prayer, and believe that is my right, obligation, and privilege as a citizen and as a human being. My hope is that today, people will take down the signs in their yards and off their cars, so that we can stop seeing the harsh divisions and be one nation, with a president and president elect, fairly inexpensive gas (PTL for $2.04!), and a God-given hope and future.

I am proud to be an American, and you should be too.

Now can we get back to praying for our economy? Please?


leslie ruth said...

That sound you hear? It's me Amen-ing at that last paragraph! May I quote you in a blog post? You've captured my sentiment this morning e-zactly.

Jenn said...

Please do!! I'd be honored!

Paige said...

You post is so true! I think it is time for people to work together on making our lives greater and better. I did vote for Obama and while I am happy he won, if he had not I surely would not be doing all of the bashing that I hear and read on places like Facebook. We are a nation of different colors and ideas. Today is a day for change and hope for everyone. People need to stop separating themselves based on political lines and come together for the greater good. Bashing and bad mouthing a person can't do any good. Prayer does a lot more. I love your blog, Jenn!!

Mimi said...

Great job. Although I must say I'm kind of mayonaise colored!