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Monday, September 18, 2006

Fighting the Good Fight

Yesterday was one of those days where it seems like things just tie in together. It started out with a sermon from my pastor about the how we will be remembered when we're gone. He read to us a scripture from the Book of 2 Timothy, in which Paul was reflecting back on his life. Paul knew he was to be executed and was writing about his life as a servant of Christ. Looking back Paul says, " I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith." Our pastor likes to finish with another story that relates and then tie in together to show that these messages still have relevance today. For me, meeting John Miller and talking to him a little today made this sermon all the more relevant.
You see John Miller is running for congress as a member of the Green Party in a district that is drawn to be traditionally Republican. And he's running against incumbent Devin Nunes at a time when reelection rates for House members are between 96 and 98 percent. John was hosting a Green Party booth at the Tulare County Fair when I met him today. He looked and sounded somewhat tired, understandable seeing as how he had been there 5 days trying to get the word out about his candidacy and about the party. Not to mention he teaches kindergarten in Porterville. Yes, I purposely used the bold font, it's a room full of 5 year olds. That should be enough on one man's plate.
I started thinking about where he's finding the time and energy to run a campaign that realistically the odds are just against. It would be very tough to convince a person to do what he's doing. To go out in public and speak out for the issues that matter and that you believe in, knowing that most of the very people you want to help won't even be listening is a hard task to sell. And to do that while maintaining a normal life is just asking too much.
Yet here we are less than two months away from election day and John Roger Miller is fighting the good fight. He's up against the GOP machine with little financial support trying to change the status quo. When it's all over and we look back we'll know that he fought the good fight, he completed the race, and kept the faith. And for that we should all be thankful and wish that more of us had the same strength.

1 Comments:

  • At 12:26 PM, Blogger Snave said…

    Hopefully Miller will be able to do very well!

    Working with five-year-olds all day is easier than working with problem adults all day. I have been in both situations, and from my experience, the kids are far nicer people with whom to work.

     

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