It is not difficult to know how I feel about former President Donald Trump. Since he announced his candidacy in 1995, I have not been shy in voicing my opinion about him and very little if any of what I said or wrote could be construed as positive.
Now that Trump is out of office, I wanted to see if I could say some positive things about him. Sincere things. Not setups for jokes or anti Trump rhetoric. My reason for this is 3 fold : 1) Like all of us, Trump is part of Gods creation. When God looked at his creation. He saw that it was good (Genesis 1:31 ) Even though that was prior to mans fall I believe Gods residual goodness is still present in creation and finding it is a way of praising God. 2) further I am called to such behavior in the Book of Philippians, Paul makes a list of things to dwell on and think on one of these is whatever is good. 3) (and I don’t mean this as a joke or set up for anti Trump rhetoric) but considering what I have said or written about him in the past this will prove to be something of a challenge for me and I do enjoy a good writing challenge.
5 things I liked about Donald Trump and his Presidency.
Although I disagreed a little with the timing of some of them I did appreciate the choices he made for Supreme Court justices during his time as President. These choices may be key restricting and eliminating the horrendous practice of abortion in this country.
I liked Trump’s choice as Mike Pence as his running mate and eventual Vice President. While I know these are by and large political moves to unify a party. I really admire Pence and how he comported himself as vice president, Some of this credit must go to President Trump for choosing him.
Speaking of Pence, another thing I like that Trump made him in charge of the Corona virus task force. I do not want to u7kuse this point as a starting point of a critique on Trump, so I will end this point here.
Although I was not happy that Trump broke a more than century old tradition of attending the next President’s innauguration. I did like that he continued the tradition started by Ronald Reagan of leaving a letter to his successor,
Finally, I like how Donald Trump transformed me and specifically my thinking and writing since his original candidacy in 2015. I have always been somewhat political but Trump made me aware of the need for voicing my concerns especially when your views don’t seem to be as common as you think they should be. A friend commented on Facebook the other day that he can count on me for thoughtful commentary. Over the past 4 years I have labored long and hard on some Trump pieces to make sure my thoughts as articulated reflected not only what I felt but were conciliatory, to those who might feel differently. I’m not sure if I would have such an evolution in my writing if my subject had been a figure other than President Trump.
So those are my 5. A few years ago I was reading Lindy Scott’s blog and he made a point to list favorable qualities of Trump. As with much of Lindy’s writings this helped shape some of my own philosophy and was yet another impetus for writing this post.
I like using the phrase (insert number here) minutes you never get back.
Especially to describe a frustrating time sucking situation. It also reminds me that time on this earth is limited so there is certainly a sense of urgency to how we spend our time. I also like the phrase because if and when I ever do get around to doing a podcast I think 45 minutes you’ll never get back, would be a good title , warning potential listeners of the mind numbing craziness they may be subjecting themselves to.
All that being said, there are certain things I don’t like about what the phrase implies. There is a certainly an implication that time is something that is mine to use however I want. I used the phrase a few days ago to describe an interaction with a difficult person. (The phrase difficult person, is subject to a deeper dive as well, but we’ll save that for another discussion). My wife quickly reminded me how rude I was being. How we feel about “our” time reveals how selfish we can really be .
I learned early on in my journey with Christ that my money is not really mine. It’s really God’s money and I try to use it the best that I can. I have had a harder time applying this to time.
The investment of time can reap many dividends, so in a sense there is time that you can get back.
Here are just a few examples.
Time spent with family and firends comes back to us as memories.
Time spent poorly sometimes comes back to us as consequences but often comes back to us as discernment,
Time spent practicing comes back to us as talent.
Time spent waiting comes back to us as patience.
Time spent being kind to others may not ever come back to us but it does ripple out into this world in a positive way.
I guess if we think more of time as a gift we can give away rather than keep for our own use our time will truly be better spent.
If you ask me what my favorite song by any of my 4 favorite musical artists, I will generally say whichever song of theirs I’m listening to at the time. Allen Levi is the exception to that rule. While it is true that I adore just about everything he’s ever done, I especially love his album Rivertown. Rivertown is an album about life in Columbus Georgia where Levi worked as an attorney prior to becoming a fulltime musician.
My favorite song on the album, and thus my favorite Allen Levi song is the Bridge from King to Godwin. It talks about racial reconciliation in a historical context and the bridge metaphor works extremely well.
The entire album of Rivertown is available digitally at bandcamp for $7.00.
One of my favorite musical artists Bob Bennett performed a Facebook live concert on March 21st this year when the country was in the midst of a national Covid-19 lockdown.
I have been listening to Bob’s music since the early eighties and even had a chance meeting with him a few years ago when he came unbeknownst to me to our church and performed at our worship service while he was recording an album at our local college. I spoke with him briefly and bought a c.d. from him. I remember him as being gracious and encouraging.
Since March 21st. Bob has performed concerts each and every weekend via FB live with the exception of one weekend when he was having medical issues. That weekend some young men did some covers of Bob’s song as a get well wish for him.
This past Saturday Bob performed his 39th FB live concert featuring music from Christmastide which if memory serves was the C.D. I picked up from hat my church 4 years ago. My wife and I watched and listened. Amy had written in the chat that it was my birthday and waited in expectation for Bob to greet me with warm wishes. Bob did not wish me birthday greetings, which I didn’t mind as my birthday is in September! #Crazywifecrazylife
I talk here from time to time about my Big 3 (My favorite 3 music artists. If I were to go 4 Bennett would easily join Alan Levi, Michael Card and Randy Stonehill in that musical pantheon.
If you are interested in seeing a virtual Bob Bennett concert live, checkout his FB page.