The value for this month for us to think about is reverence.
The dictionary definition is
1. a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration.
2. the outward manifestation of this feeling: to pay reverence.
3. a gesture indicative of deep respect; an obeisance, bow, or curtsy.
When I think about reverence I think about the deep respect I have for our Founding Fathers and how a group of individuals were able to create a document thru divine intervention that would stand the test of time. Those individuals accepted the challenge of the task at hand and accomplished the miraculous. Many of us may have deep reverence for their ancestors. So many of our 912 members have incredible stories about coming to our country with no money and no prospects and no grasp of the English language and once they got here they were able to make their way and live the American Dream. The reverence they feel for those ancestors is strong and true.
Today – take a moment to read the Constitution… when you do put yourself in the moment Think about the turbulent environment of the time. Imagine Independence Hall, all those people, no air conditioning and the desire to create a Republic. Truly incredible.
Think about teaching our children / grandchildren reverence for these things by visiting DC or Philadelphia or the many other great places in America. I hold deep reverence for our country’s values… and I know God put us here at this time for a reason. Share our history and the deep respect we have for it.
Interesting tid bits about Independence Hall
1.The basement once served as the city’s dog pound
2. George Washington, knowing that his opinion would carry undue weight, contributed little to the debate over the Constitution.
3. Even though the days were very hot in the summer of 1787, windows were kept closed so others could not overhear their discussions
Our 912 group initially started out with the goal of finding other people within our area that felt that they should get involved in our Country and in our Community. We based the group on 9 Principles and 12 Values, that Glenn Beck had laid out originally. When we found each other we needed a place to start and the 9 principles and 12 values was a great starting point.
See the 9 Principles below…
The Nine Principles: If you Believe in at least 7.
1. America is good place, not perfect, but good.
2. I believe in God and He is the center of my life.
3. I must try to be a better, more honest person than I was yesterday.
4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority.
5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness and not a guarantee of equal results.
7. I work hard for what I have. I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
8. It is not un-American for me to disagree or share my personal opinion.
9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them. They answer to me.
This year. I want to look at the 12 values and review what they mean to us, as Americans as Parents, friends and active participants in our country and our community.
These are the 12 values.
Honesty • Reverence• Hope• Thrift• Humility• Charity• Sincerity• Moderation• Hard work
•Courage• Personal responsibility• Friendship
So I will feature one value each month for us to try to focus on to continue to make a difference in our community.
This month is Honesty – straight from Webster dictionary
- a: fairness and straightforwardness of conduct
- b : adherence to the facts : sincerity
What does that mean to you as you conduct your every day life?
When you tell a story do you tend to exaggerate. When you interact with others do you look them in the eye and speak with clarity and in truth? Now more than ever our children, our families and friends need us to be honest with them. Honest about our faith. Honest about what is going on in the world. Honest in the way we live in our everyday lives.
In the month of January and in this new year let us strive to make each day one where we look each other in the eye, with honesty and truth and strive to make each day a better one.
Doing this we are strengthing ourselves and our families and communities. This is just one step to being better Americans.