Great American Quotes

With the election right around the corner, let me share with you some great quotes from great Americans. Each one of these people helped build America through their actions and words. I hope you find these inspiring and I hope they help you find the inspiration to vote on November 4th, if you haven’t already done so. Enjoy the quotes!!

We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. – Ronald Reagan

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. – John F. Kennedy

There is no distinctly American criminal class – except Congress. – Mark Twain

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. – Benjamin Franklin

We can have no “50-50” allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all. – Theodore Roosevelt

Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages. – H.L. Mencken

My father taught that the only helping hand you’re ever going to be able to rely on is the one at the end of your sleeve. – JC Watts, Jr.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. – Ronald Reagan

A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality. – John F. Kennedy

Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper. – Mark Twain

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government. – Thomas Jefferson

Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. – Ronald Reagan

Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both. – John F. Kennedy

And my favorite quote of this group is one we all HAVE to follow to change this country:

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. – John F. Kennedy

A Real Man

A friend of mine asked me a few weeks ago to please let her know my definition of a real man. It was for a school project or something she was working on. Here’s my answer:

A real man is a man who follows what he believes and is the same everywhere. He would kill and die for his God, family and country if asked. He raises his family following his values and raises up his wife daily. He works hard and never compromises his values to get ahead. He loves everyone even if they wrong him and doesn’t let pride stop him.

I just kind of quickly answered the text when she asked this with the above answer not really realizing what I had put as my answer. After reading it two or three times, I can only hope that one day, I will be a real man according to the definition God gave me. I pray that each of the men in my life become this real man and that each of the women in my life have real men in their lives.

Love you all!!

myspace or facebook?

I have recently become some sort of a facebook junky, as many of you know, but I just can’t help it. I have found many friends from the past there and it’s good to catch up with them. But it seems to me there is some sort of difference between myspace and facebook. Yes, I have a page on both services but I really like facebook just a whole lot more. I bring this up because in this age of computers, phones and other communication devices, people have lost personal touch. Not only have we lost our skills to communicate with each other in person but to a point we have lost our desire to do so. We have also lost the art of developing relationships with each other without online services. This becomes a danger on so many levels.

What I have noticed in my life is that when my relationships begin to suffer with people, so does my relationship with God. We are in danger of closing out people and God and this cannot happen. We will let anyone see our lives on myspace or facebook but does it really tell the truth of who we are? In fact, some probably do but we can still hide certain things in the words and pictures. But when we have a personal relationship, it’s much harder to hide things. And please remember you can’t hide anything from God.

So, with all of this myspace or facebook talk, maybe we should try a couple of things. Maybe we should allow people to get into “myspace” and find out who we really are, no matter how scary that could be. Start spending time with those close to you and those you want to learn more about. It’s actually fun getting to know people but please remember, it’s hard at times. And just maybe we should get on our face with THE BOOK! Spend some time on your face in prayer and in the Bible studying God’s Word. You will be blessed more and more by doing this, even if you don’t realize it’s happening. God just wants you to pursue you and bless you with His words and love! Don’t close people out because when you do, it becomes easier to close God out.

Love you all!

God called Elisabeth and she listened

It was a typical Wednesday at the Amason house. Get out of bed, let the dogs out, get breakfast for the kids and get everyone ready for the day. Drop the kids off at school and then head to work. Work for a few hours, get the kids from my mom’s go over AWANAS and Cubbies verses for Wednesday night and then off to church. But what Christy and I had no idea was this Wednesday was going to be God’s day to add to eternity. Elisabeth and Garrett were taken to church on Wednesday night by Christy because I was already at church in a meeting. After AWANAS, Christy took the kids home to get them ready for bed while I went and hung out with a good friend. According to Christy things were totally normal at home. Come in, get the kids in a bath and then put them in bed. Christy was praying with Elisabeth like we do every night and Elisabeth showed Christy how amazing and perfect the innocence of a child is and how God uses those moments to show us how we should be. Elisabeth started her prayer like her typical every night prayer and then all of the sudden, she just did it. She asked Jesus to come live in her heart forever. Christy said it was just so simple and perfect. And that’s the way it should be. Pastor Randy said they talked about the Romans road to salvation Wednesday night and he said she was totally engaged. God used the entire day to prepare Elisabeth’s heart and our hearts. Elisabeth showed us again how simple and innocent things should be. Many people think there should be some HUGE conversion or feeling or a slap to the head but remember God moves in His ways. This was the day God called out to Elisabeth and she listened. Yes, God pursued a 7 year old and pulled her to Him. Just as He did with Elisabeth, God calls out to you. Just listen with the innocence of a child and know God is calling out to you. All you have to do is listen and follow God.

Love you all!!

Fall from Grace

Over the past few years, we have seen pastors, political leaders and companies go from the top of the world to a bad name everywhere. This has happened since the beginning of time but has become a part of everyday life now. I bring this up because just like Jimmy Swaggert, Enron and many others quick and improbable crashes, I have seen this in my life very recently.

I saw a company go from the top to what seems to be almost inevitable bankruptcy in less than 1 week. This puzzled me at first and to be honest, I smiled because of the circumstances I guess. I am not totally sure what happened but as more pieces of the puzzle get laid out, just like in the Swaggert and Enron cases, I see a pattern that I want to try to avoid. Pride and greed got the best of a man. His desires, not God’s calling was at the front of his life. This not only has ruined a great business but many people have been hurt because of this pride and greed. Over 150 people are now looking for jobs because they lost theirs. While I know 150 is nowhere close to Enron, Tyco, WorldcomMCI or others, this is huge to me because it’s a small community and I know many of them.

The inevitable finally happened last week and while it was hard to see, it had to happen because in this day and time, pride and greed must be destroyed. I have been a prideful man at times and for this, I am sorry. I have also been greedy. Greed of money, time, and knowledge and in so many other areas. For this, I am very sorry. I have tried to give up the pride and greed but it’s just so hard. But seeing the state of people and the problems that can arise from this, I am begging to be released from myself. So, if you have problems letting go of your pride, greed or anything else, I pray that you allow God to release the bondage you put yourself in. It’s amazing how we can get ourselves into messes like these but God can and will totally free us from them if we ask and believe.

Love you all!!

2 Week Notice

So this week, 2 people in my life has given their respective companies 2 week notices that they have decided to take their lives in different directions. I really don’t know why I wonder about stuff like I do but I wonder why in our lives we give our employers 2 weeks notice but we don’t give those closest to us a notice when we leave their life.

Throughout my life I have seen people crushed by others because out of nowhere, they were hit with an immediate notice of get the heck out of my life. But when it comes to our employer, we feel obligated to give a 2 week notice. Many times employers don’t accept them and allow us to leave much faster than the 2 weeks. But when it comes to those closest to us, a sudden notice works better in our minds.

Here’s some of my observations on what seems to be a weird phenomenon. When people quit their jobs, they don’t want to burn any bridges and they certainly want to make sure they get what is “due” to them. Things like a paycheck and vacation time, is what we want to make sure we get when we leave. There’s also this idea that if things don’t work out at some point in your life then you can always come back to this place and get a job if you leave on the right terms.

These are all right reasons to give a 2 week notice when you leave a job but why is it that so many people leave relationships with people with no notice at all? In my life, I have seen people come and go with no notice and they burn so many bridges with the people who they have spent so much time developing relationships with. It just makes no sense to me that when we end relationships so abruptly that we feel the need to put a stick of dynamite under the bridge and make sure it’s gone forever. People get this idea that change is bad and moving on can only be done by not seeing or talking to the person or people they just ended the relationship with. I have done this in my past and I have seen only hurt, frustration and lack of growth come from this.

So, I guess what we have to do is swallow our pride and GET OVER IT! There are seasons when friends are going to come and go but please, when this happens don’t put the dynamite under the bridge and blow it up. This will only hurt everyone involved and not allow you or the other person to grow in the direction you are supposed to grow. So, please, before you leave a relationship, give the other person enough love and respect to give them some notice and allow yourself the ability to come back to the relationship, just in case you need it or desire it later in life.

Love you all!!

In Color

For those of you who really know me, you know I kind of like listening to country music, especially the older styles. One of my favorite songs is In Color by Jamey Johnson. The song is great and his voice is one that I really like to hear because it reminds me of something that would have been cut on an album years ago. But sitting and listening to the song kind of makes me think about a time with my Grandad.

This time was one that I got to talk to my Grandad Rivers for what I have to say was the best week of my life. He was able to show me photos and talk me through what was going on in each photo, who everyone was and the year. The cool thing I remember about the black and white photos he showed me were the imperfections. The imperfections were there but the shades of grey really hid most of the imperfections and detail. I learned so much from him that week and I realized that seeing him in black and white was what he wanted me to see but he wanted me to think about the color that was missing. Finding the color in his stories is where I learned the most about him and the times. I was able to see his parents and Grandparents and I got to learn so much about his life during the Great Depression, World War II and how he and Grandma raised 10 kids in the Texas Panhandle.

After we got done looking at the pictures, we talked for a few hours about what we saw together. What we saw were amazing people who’s lives were forever framed in black and white but they were colorful people. I learned about the faith it took to overcome the Great Depression, the courage and determination it took to win WWII and the sacrifice it took to raise 10 kids. When looking at things in black and white, remember they happened in color. What is meant by that is that every person has a story that yes, seen in black and white could be great but seen in color it will blow you away. I loved listening to his stories and I miss him greatly but it’s just remembering that he lived in color that makes his stories wonderful.

I can only ask that when you are listening to someone’s stories or seeing their photos, remember they happened in color and the color is what tells the entire story. It adds the detail that may be hidden by the shades of grey. It pulls their life together and you get to see the real person and the situation they were in. Through the good times and the bad, people’s lives are formed. So, any chance you get, sit and listen and even if all you want to see is the black and white, try to close your eyes and imagine it in color. There’s no doubt in black and white you’ll get their story but in color, you’ll get the details of their lives.

Live your life in color and don’t let the shades of grey cover who God wants you to be. Follow the passion God has given you and share it with as many people as you possibly can. The world will be a better place just for seeing everyone’s life in color!!

Love you all!!