As I sit here sipping my coffee, trying to get myself awake I think about the upcoming celebration this coming weekend of probably one of the greatest events of our lives, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Sometimes it seems that this event is the subject of much of man’s wars as well. Why is it, I wonder that man can take an event that should have brought Hope into our world into an event that caused man to go to war, again and again? I seriously doubt that Christ died so we could go to war more. No, Christ wants us to live in peace and love. He gave us one commandment. He commands us to love one another. Is this really so difficult? Unfortunately, the ones who know Christ are many times the ones who refuse to do just that. Oh we use plenty of excuses to justify our lack of love towards our neighbor, I.e., they go to a different church, they wear make up, they drink alcohol, we are very good at justifying our lack of love. Unconditional love doesn’t need excuses though. I learned all about this kind of love growing up, thanks to my Daddy, Joe Beeler.
No matter what I did, how I behaved (or not); my Daddy loved me. This was the basis for how I felt about myself. Many psychologists and therapists think that a healthy self esteem is important to people becoming successful, well rounded individuals. I agree to some extent. When a person knows that no matter what there is someone who loves them faults and all, it is a freeing thing. Many times people fail because they are afraid to try. But when you know there is someone out there who loves you no matter what, you become empowered. I remember when Bethany was young, around three, and we went and saw the Blue Angels at Carswell Air Force bases in Ft. Worth, Texas. From the time she could walk and talk we instilled in her she could be and do anything. She was allowed to climb up in one of the jets the Blue Angels flew. She sat in the pilots seat, looked up at the pilot with big brown eyes and told him very matter-of-fact,y, “I’m gonna fly one of these someday.” The pilot looked a little surprised and kind of chuckled. While Bethany hasn’t flown one of those yet, she did go up in a helicopter with her Arkansas Leadership class and unless I’m mistaken, get to take the controls of it.
As a parent I don’t think there is anything more gratifying than watching your children succeed in life. Unless it’s watching them parent their child with that same “You can do it” attitude.
We have such a legacy of Americans who had that attitude and I have no doubt that is a key factor in our nation being what it is today. If we can begin by loving one another and supporting each other with the “We can” attitude, we can continue to be a great nation. Can we stop tearing each other down every chance we get and start loving each other and work together to solve our nations problems? Think about how great we really could be if we could just do this? Our children’s and grandchildren’s futures depend on it.