Courtney and I start our mornings by reading a devotion book together and spending quality time together. Campaign life is definitely busy and stressful, so our time together in the mornings is a chance to connect. We started a new couples devotion book called “Love Talk” written by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. This morning the title was “The value of your time.” This chapter talked about measuring time in terms of its value. They listed this illustration to show the value on the increments of time.
To know the value of one year….ask the student who failed the final exam.
To know the value of one month….ask the mother of a premature baby.
To know the value of one week…ask the editor of a weekly news-magazine.
To know the value of one day…ask the wage earner with six children.
To know the value of one hour…ask the lovers waiting to meet.
To know the value of one minute…ask the person who missed the plane.
To know the value of one second…ask the accident survivor.
To know the value of one millisecond…ask the Olympic silver medalist.
We are never guaranteed our next breath, the next hour, day, week, month, or year. My wife Courtney lost her father (Ron Moessner) when she was 22 to cancer. There is not a day that goes by that my wife and mother in-law Nancy do not think about Ron. One thing I have learned about Ron is that he made his mark in many people’s lives. Ron had an electric personality and people who met him instantly fell in love with him. Ron was only 51 when he passed from this earth. Ron made his seconds, his days, his weeks, and his years count. He knew the value of time. Even though his life was cut short, he lived a full life that has inspired many, including me.
I have been working so hard on this campaign, but one thing I have learned is not to leave my family behind in my pursuit of becoming the Sheriff. Instead, we have been able to share this experience together. Today, we put up yard signs and decided to take my youngest son Jonah (10) with me without his brothers. It truly was an amazing day to spend time with him and have him share his ideas on how to get people to vote for me. It was so good to hear him laugh as I slipped on the ice and show off some pretty amazing dance moves I did not know I had in me! We shared some awesome moments that I will never forget. What I want more than becoming the Sheriff of Tazewell County, is to make a mark in my kids lives that will last a lifetime. I want to leave a mark in my wife’s life and for her to know that I love and adore her. I want the people I meet to know that I care about them and value our relationships. I want to make my life count for more than my own desires. When my time runs out, I hope to hear God say “Well done good and faithful servant”.
Rather than measuring time in increments, try measuring your time in terms of its purpose. Don’t let time slip away from you without making a mark.
Thank you for supporting me and for believing in me!