Praying, Serving, and Prayerfully Serving

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Young women dressed as a variety of fruit help the California Chamber of Commerce spread its message, 1939. Courtesy Library of Congress.

Last week Ray and I enjoyed a joint Christmas party with our local historical society and the Chamber of Commerce. Afterwards, we had a long conversation with the president of our local Chamber. This young man so impresses us. This conversation gave us an insight into why.

For years Ray and I have had deep concerns about the economic future of our adopted hometown. For the last few months, we’ve had one encouragement after another. Jordan gave us more encouragement last Thursday. He and other local leaders are working with high level state leaders. Jordan told us that one of Tennessee’s commissioners wants to make improvements in our county so it can be an example for other counties.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, inaugurated in January of 2019, is making improvements in rural counties one of his highest priorities. Jordan told us how Lee made the decision to run for governor. Long before the 2018 election, Lee met with a group of long-time close friends. He told them that he had been praying and that he believed that God wanted him to run for governor.

His friends were surprised. They told him he was a longshot and that they didn’t think he could win. Still, they told him that they would back him and they committed to contributing to his campaign.

Lee’s election team began to raise funds. They raised only one-third of what another candidate raised, but when the votes came in, Bill Lee was elected governor.

It was after this story that Jordan gave us insight into his own civic service. He said that he prays every day that God will help him to do what he should do.

As homeschooling mamas you have daily opportunities to teach your children to pray and to serve — and to prayerfully serve.

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers,
petitions and thanksgivings,
be made on behalf of all men,
for kings and all who are in authority,
so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life
in all godliness and dignity.
2 Timothy 2:1-2

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