While this is not my writing, it is so good that I want to share what Debby Efurd shares here about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. It is a good picture of a life well lived. Please go to Debby’s websites for more:
I was on a family vacation last week when I learned of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Being unashamedly pro-life and a conservative, I knew immediately how his passing would affect the balance of power in the Supreme Court. Since then I’ve learned about the life of a very intriguing gentleman.
Justice Scalia was a conservative icon and vigorous constitutionalist. He served 30 years on the Court and was praised not only for his intellect and deep understanding of the Constitution, but was larger than life, speaking up for life, family and religious freedom. He had a quick humor, an infectious smile, and was a good friend to many. Often in the minority, Justice Scalia criticized the increasingly liberal Court for drifting away from the text and original understanding of the U .S. Constitution, calling it a “committee of nine unelected lawyers,” whose constant playing with the Constitution interfered with the People’s right to govern themselves.
He criticized Roe v. Wade at every opportunity and continually urged the Court to overrule it. He defended the institution of marriage and the states’ right to limit it to one man and one woman. Through his writings, he continued to protect life, marriage and religious freedom. His passing leaves a great void on the bench and a great void in the lives of many, many people.
As I think about the life of this judicial icon, I can see how he used his gifts to speak into the lives of a nation, through his writings, opinions, decisions, but also through his friendship and “larger than life” love of LIFE! We each are gifted in ways that can have a positive impact on others. Let’s not be silenced by “political correctness,” but stand up and speak.
“Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”Associate Justice Antonin Scalia
I admit I love Facebook…it is a source of cheer and joy and insight to me in my daily journey.
A long time ago, as a little boy, I like so many chose what I thought I would like from a very limited catalog of personal experience. Then the Sear’s Christmas Catalog came once a year to my home and I would explore so many options I had not yet seen. New toys, new ways to play. Yes, it was consumerism, but I also discovered that I lived in a small part of a very large world. Over the years, I learned to broaden my tastes and likes and exploration became a core of my life. I am still in the life-long learning phase of my life six decades later. I remember thinking that was just a part of the school system of my childhood and would pass. It did not. Curiosity became a deep wish to fulfill. What next could I learn?
Food helped me apply this quite practically. Once I disliked white rice and most anything that went with it. Then I was given a trip to the Far East courtesy of the US Navy. I learned to love food from its sources. What a delight!
More importantly, I learned that diversity of flavor enriches my life – I found people of many nations bring so much to the richness of my life that I walk around with a big smile most of the time. I do not know your life nor have I the time to deeply investigate what makes you unique…I wish I did…maybe, that is what eternity is all about. But when you share a little of who you are, I become richer. Thank you for making me a wealthy man.
There is a video linked in the title above. Go there..
it shows how the unexpected can bring joys unimaginable in the daily of our lives. Look for these joys; they are all around.
God is speaking to us in so many ways, but on this first day of a New Year, I just want to sense that He is first. Above everything else. If I observe, I will see Him, I will hear Him, I will follow Him. I think He wants us to recognize Him first so that everything else falls into proper order. He is God of order and purpose. Genesis 2 tells us that we are given the task of subduing the earth and everything in it. He also tells us that He has a great purpose for each of us. That is enough to set our course, to give us correct motivation.
Jeremiah 29:11 Amplified Bible (AMP) –
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
Remember when you had kids or even better when you were a kid and the BIG question everyone asked was “Are we there yet?”
Tonight at our Wednesday night prayer meeting church, I had a distinct impression of this question at the beginning of the evening. I felt like the little kid impatiently waiting for the ‘prize’ at the end of the trip – just being done with the traveling already. Impatience. Expectations. Opinions. All part of our selfish focus. The one that places us at the center of the universe and everything is supposed to spin around us.
WOW! Where did we get that idea? Ummm. I think it was in the garden when a tempting serpent questioned the integrity and motives of our Creator. Did God really say? We decided there was enough of a question there that the One who spoke Existence into being just with His voice should have to answer to us.
Just like the little kid who doesn’t want to enjoy the journey – we want what we want. NOW.
This was a great day for considering.
It is the third day of a really great new career at the youthful age of 60. I have been waiting for this moment for maybe thirty years. I think it should have come much sooner. With much less pain. And a lot less doubt and confusion and much, much more intentional step-by-step directions.
But sitting at my computer in my new office, I realized this long journey has been a wonderful place to learn the lessons I need for this moment in time. To be here was a plan set in motion long ago. Lots of events along the way equipped me.
Hey God, would you erase all those questions and tantrums and self-focused opinions of mine over the years? I think trusting you is a much better way to live. I will try to enjoy the ride more and pouting less.
Thanks for the patience you have had with me. Love, a slow to learn son, Just Me.
We are a free nation because of the sacrifice of many. Thank you to every person known and unknown that gave their lives, their families, their possessions second place so we could live free. Don’t take freedom for granted today. It is a gift of unimaginable expense…