November 8, 2000
The People have made their choices and we should all join in our support of our democracy, as one nation under God. Ecclesiastes, chapter 3: 1 - 17 says: "Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses. He sets the time for birth and the time for death, the time for planting and the time for pulling up, the time for killing and the time for healing, the time for tearing down and the time for building. He sets the time for sorrow and the time for joy, the time for mourning and the time for dancing... He sets the time for finding and the time for losing, The time for saving and the time for throwing away, The time for tearing and the time for mending, The time for silence and the time for talk. He sets the time for love and the time for hate, the time for war and the time for peace.
What do we gain from all our work? I know the heavy burdens that God has laid on us. He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what He does. So I realized that all we can do is be happy and do the best we can while are still alive. All of us should...enjoy what we have worked for. It is God's gift. I know that everything God does will last forever. You can't add anything to it or take anything away from it. And one thing God does is to make us have reverence for Him. Whatever happens or can happen has already happened before. God makes the same thing happen again and again. In addition, I have also noticed that in this world you find wickedness where justice and right ought to be. I told myself, 'God is going to judge the righteous and the evil alike, because every thing, every action, will happen at its own set time'." (The Good News Bible-Today's English Version)
"We should show life neither as it is now, nor as it ought to be; but as we see it in our dreams", Anton Chekof of "The Seagull" said. I remember when John Weaver came to our home and prayed with me over his race for this same Senate seat. At that time I was considering running and stepped aside because of my longtime friendship and association with John in the Boone County Jaycees. I also thought that God had set the time and place for John to run and many thought he could not win, but he did. I do not know what God has planned for me, but I do know that I would not have been in this race unless I felt that He wanted me to make this effort. I do not believe that "Life is but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: nor is it a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." Life to me is a gift from God, which no one should take for, granted. While our actions may be just like a pebble on a beach and insignificant in some ways, I believe that we are judged by the way we do the little things in life. I believe there is something we can do better for our fellow man, individually and collectively. Yes,
I dream, Thanks to the people who helped me raise the importance of a different type of campaign, with no solitutation of money, no promises to the special interest groups. We received over our projected goal of eighteen percent by getting 28 percent in this "republican entrenched" district. I am thankful. I congratulate all the winners in our democracy; let us all work for the improvement in our lives as we look into the mirror of life. I have no regrets. June and I are thankful to be alive and with God.