The headlines recently featured a small Missouri town by the name of Weston, which was brought into the media frenzy by the actions of its people. Residents of the town came out in droves to prevent the radicals from a particular church from picketing and protesting at the funeral of SFC C.J. Sadell, a U.S. Army Soldier who died October 24th due to injuries he incurred during a surprise attack in Afghanistan. This church has used numerous funerals of our nation’s fallen heroes as a platform to promote their anti-gay agenda, and have successfully enlisted the help of the ACLU to repeal many local and state laws to ensure they have access to such events.
The locals in Weston did something that I admire greatly- they took proactive measures to stand up for what they believed to be an injustice- the defiling of their hometown hero’s military funeral. They wanted to block the protestors, so they examined the public records to determine what location the church requested to use in their permit application and then they simply got there first. Over half the town’s population came out bearing American flags, and they were joined by residents of neighboring towns, and people from as far away as California and Australia. When the protestors showed up expecting to cause a scene, they instead arrived to a patriotic scene already in progress. Needless to say, they turned and left, allowing the family and friends of SFC Sadell the opportunity to grieve their loss in a dignified and respected manner.
Monday Morning Perspective:
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”– Mahatma Gandhi
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” -Reinhold Niebuhr
It’s not everyday that we are given the opportunity to make a statement as bold as the residents of Weston- but we are called to stand up for what we believe is right. I admire the creative verve displayed by this small town- and the significant impact that they were able to make by simply showing up. If nothing else, we can all take two things away from this story:
1. Saying that you disagree with something is never enough to change it- change requires action, and
2. Making a difference requires that you show up when you’re needed- whether we are talking about making time in your busy schedule for your kid’s little league game or answering the call at 2 a.m. from a subordinate or friend who needs your help.
This week I want to challenge you to step up when that little voice beckons- you never know the lives you’ll impact until you do!Warmest Regards,
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