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The Grain of Timber, Honed Steel, and Dross from Silver. The defining question between Gov Romney and Rick Santorum

How does a person learn they aren’t the most important? That ‘The Mission’ empowering sacrifice, that Governor Rick Perry made in getting out of the race before the vote in South Carolina, is good and right? It’s most easily found in men (and women) with military service. There is a tempering of the steel in a soul that happens through the heating, pounding pressure, and cooling, of those life altering decisions in battle. It’s a self selecting foundry; sorting the selfish, from the selfless, the ‘on my own’, from the God empowered.

I could mention examples from my dad’s service in AF Special Ops. But they would be unrecognized and we’d end up debating if they were real, as all are still ‘secret’. The additional reality is none of those men would ever bring attention to themselves. They point to those around them before accepting any praise. Those men, doing menial but important tasks, made their supposed bigger contribution possible. They couldn’t have done it without ‘ _______’. There is always another persons name that fills in that blank.

So, I repeat the fictional words of Tom Hank’s character in Saving Private Ryan.

‘Earn This’

Those simple words were the real story for thousands of men motivated to walk out a life, in the shadows of greater men, not for his own benefit but for the good of those that have gone before and most importantly for the benefit of the children to come. Thermopylae, Agincourt, Concord, San Antonio, Gettysburg, Normandy. Every man that fought and gave their lives in one of those battles, did so for the future of their kids.

This character trait on display in modern day politics is truly rare. Less than 1% of men volunteer for service today vs. over 20% in WWII. So we have to use other markers to identify this type of person. There is a character trait that I see in the life of people that have made a difference. It’s a self sacrificing strength that sidetracks a personal agenda for good of the lives around them.

Jim Collins, in his book, ‘Good To Great’, did an exhaustive study (1500 companies) of the character traits that allowed the leader of a company to make the kind of selfless decisions that made the company, not them individually, Great. Only 11 companies meet the criteria of sustained consistent growth. This book was added to my lifetime top 10 with CS Lewis, Frank Peretti, Philip Weld, Max Lucado, and Elmer Towns, among others.

Trying to convert the message, in one paragraph, is tough but, these leaders were humble and strong-willed rather than outgoing. Willing to lift others up rather than self promoters. The surprising thing is that these men were exclusively men of faith. The kind of man that is described as; Purified Silver, Timbers of Lebanon, and Steel that has sharpened Steel in my Bible. These men knew they stood in the shadow of greater men, A greater Man, and had a calling to pour out that grace and light and life to the people around them. This faith was the call that motivated them, and the people that worked for them, to make things better.

I know this will be a tough transition for some, but point here is trying to share the core difference I see between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney. Do you know of Rick’s Bella and the timing of her brush with death? Rick was just coming to the top of the ‘anybody but Mitt’ crowd. Any man that was running this race for himself, would have let the ‘little misses’ take care of the sick one at home. ‘The dream’ was just coming to fruition. A little more time, another interview, another hand shook, continue the push. The project he had been working on for nine months non-stop, could, would, with another moment, succeed.

Rick took a different path, a path less traveled by. He put a presidential campaign on hold for a 3 year old disabled little girl. What do you think the campaign manger said when Rick bought the ticket for home? A little girl who couldn’t even say ‘I love you, dad’. A little girl who couldn’t tell the press about her dad and how important it was for her to be first in his heart, first on his agenda. Love, Grace, Light, Life. Invested in ‘the least of these’. My true measure of a life well lived.

Watch this video of Rick describing his motivation to work for us.

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(the contribution page loads first. Patience, pilgrim, patience). Check the web for neighbors speaking of their friends the Santorums.

Every one of us has to answer the question what kind of man are we supporting for the nomination of the highest office in our land. Not what his resume says or the positions he holds, but the strength of the timber, the finish on the steel, the purity of the silver. All we can see is the life that he has lived. It’s the testimony that I hear and it’s louder than words.

Is he lifting those around him? Is he working out life together with his community? Does he sacrifice for others or expect others to sacrifice for him?

There is a moment that every President is asked to choose between the good of the people and the individual future of the man. In my life, I’ve seen that choice made by Presidents Reagan, and GW after 9-11. Rick has looked over his shoulder, seen the shadows of greater men, A greater Man, and he will choose. He has chosen.

 

Us. Rick has chosen us.

 

Thanks for reading!