I’ve waited to write anything about the 2012 Republican National Convention until it concluded because I really wanted to just spend time taking it all in. And so, now that the RNC is over and done with and the road to the White House is under way … my only thought is … “Wow”. For three nights I watched the GOP showcase it’s best but truly, the 3rd night was the best of all.
For three nights I also sparred and chatted with friends (old and new) on Twitter and Facebook and realized that so many are praying for our country, and how we truly need Jesus in this land. There was great humor (thanks to Clint Eastwood), outstanding testimonies, very motivational speeches (my personal favorites were: The Bush #41 and #43 video, Ann Romney, Congressman Artur Davis, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Susana Martinez, Secretary Condoleezza Rice, and Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan, along with of course Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney) … but there was one testimony in particular that I want to talk about.
I want to talk about the Oparowski family. This family … this sweet, loving, genuine, elderly couple absolutely reduced me to tears in my home as they recalled the Mitt Romney they knew in the 70’s. My heart bled for them while they talked, but what I realized was without the cameras, the press, and the lights was one simple FACT: Mitt Romney is a genuine man who loves people as Christ loved His church. Below is their testimony and I have only one thing to say in response to this: Lord, please let me show Jesus like this to others around me.
So now the campaign is in full swing, and we watch the Liberal attacks which will surely come, but prayerfully this path that Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan are on will end at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC, on November 6th, 2012. May God bless you, and truly may He bless the United States of America.
Caution: Rant ahead!
There is something about post-divorce relationships that I will never understand. For example, when a former spouse spends their time ruining another’s reputation or destroying a relationship with family/children, how does that benefit anyone? Truly, there is nothing more pitiful or worthless as gossip, rumors, and spreading outlandish lies … except when it is done in the form of a prayer request (but that’s a blog for another day). Lately, I have been taken aback by the number of former spouses who seem to revel in using their children as pawns and then backing it up with whining and griping to anyone who will listen to strengthen their case. Listen, I can only say this once because it is so darn annoying: “SHUT UP”. (Seriously.)
If you cannot figure out how to relate to a person then just have nothing to do with them. But, when there is language in a divorce decree that clearly indicates this is not to happen how can it continue? Perhaps it is a total lack of self-respect? Maybe it is an inability to move on? Perhaps your life is not as interesting as the person you are no longer with? Or even still, maybe it is just a simple comprehension problem that the language seems confusing or difficult to understand. However, how can these boiler-plate words (taken from an Alabama divorce decree) really be that confusing?
The parties each agree to promote a healthy, beneficial relationship with the other parent and will not demean or speak out in any manner that would damage the natural flow of love, caring and affection between either parent or the child.
I have been witness time and time again to the self-destruct sequence that parents fail to see and it has to stop. Parents, you are destroying your kids because your relationship has failed. It is time to ACT your age and act with respect and mutual dignity when it comes to dealing with your children. Your marriage is over; this doesn’t mean it is the fault of your children … NOR is it a license to use your children as pawns/scape-goats in your sick, sadistic, greedy processes to affect the lives of your former spouse.
Just stop and move on with your life. (OK, rant over …)