I feel like I heard so many opinions yesterday. I heard my friends, my families and the news. I read and read and emailed. I heard SO MANY people's thoughts.
The one thing that resonated the most was people's outright hatred for George W Bush.
When I layed in bed last night and then again this morning, I thought, "What do I think"?
This is what I think:
*I think that it is very difficult to be a president and even more so to be one in war time.
*I think that I have no idea the pressure, constant ridicule and angst that must be involved with leading our powerful nation.
*I think that George W Bush did many things for our country that went unnoticed because he was "unpopular". There are lists of humanitarian efforts that he pioneered or supported that never are reviewed or spoke of.
*I think that we live in a day where the news shapes peoples opinions rather than them reading and deciding for themselves.
*I think it is very easy for us to sit around and issue our negative remarks without fear of consequences. Oh, how I have heard so many people easily let negetive remarks come from their mouth concerning Mr Bush….yet so few of these poeple had anything to say when President Clinton was unfaithful to his wife or reversed bans on partial birth abortion in 1996 and 1997.
*I think that I am thankful for a president that values innocent life.
*I am thankful for a man that was faithful to his wife.
*I am thankful for a man that has been teased, held to the fire, unfairly insulted and has still remained kind, without verbal retaliation.
*I think that it is my Christian responsibility to respect the president and government, even if I disagree because that is what the Lord has given us. That respect doesn't include me sitting around talking about how "worthless" he is and how I "cant wait to get him out of office". (Romans 12:8)
*I think that President Bush made his choices out of pure motives.
Do I agree with everything President Bush has done? Certainly not. Do I think he is a sinner like all? Yes. The difference is that I am not going to usher him out of office with malice in my heart, thinking I know better.
I think that I am grateful for President Bush and his terms. I am grateful for his faith and like he said in his address once he returned home to Texas yesterday–the fact that he held to his values. He can look at himself in the mirror today.
My simple prayer is that President Obama will not be shaped by those around him, but by convictions and ideals that are pure and right….provided by the Lord. This is my prayer for each president.
So, thank you President Bush. Admist the sea of haters,
I see the good and safety you provided for our country.