Would I Have Attended Hillary’s Inauguration?

Initially, before I saw or heard any of the hoopla arise from the “Not Attending Trump’s Inauguration” group, I had thought to myself, “No way would I attend Hillary’s Inauguration if she had won (and if I had been invited)!”

Now, however, I think differently.

As I watch the reactions of those who refuse to attend Trump’s Inauguration, I am forced to reconsider what I would do if Hillary had won the presidency.

There is a time and a place for everything under the sun. A time to unite, and a time to separate. A time to remain silent, and a time to speak out. A time to stand with someone, and a time to stand against them. A time to be above the storm, and a time to walk through the storm.

I would attend Hillary’s Inauguration, and would do so with respect and with a genuine “God Bless You, Madam President, and God Bless America!”

She and others, on that day, would not be able to guess my political leaning. They could only discern one thing about me: that I am an American first and foremost.

The Inauguration of the President of the United States is the most incredible, peaceful, and orderly transfer of power that the world ever sees. It speaks of our unity and our commitment to a set of ideals, ideals that are much higher than any left-leaning, centrist, or right-leaning political constructs.

Does this mean that I think Hillary was a viable candidate for leading America and the free world? Not for a moment! My feelings about her are just as strongly Never-Hillary as any Never-Trump person’s feelings.

But… since when do we allow our feelings to dictate our actions? Only snowflakes do that. We, however, are citizens of America. We are “We the people!”

I now freely admit my bias was wrong: my notion of refusing to attend Hillary’s Inauguration was wrong. I admit, knowing what I know now, I WOULD attend her inauguration, and would do so with grace and with socially acceptable charm.

What about you? Would you attend a Hillary Inauguration? Will you now attend the Trump Inauguration?

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Be Nice!

Guys, BE NICE!
Gals, BE NICE!

No excuses, BE NICE!

When you must stand your ground, do so in strength, but BE NICE!
When you must reaffirm your personal boundaries, do so with clarity, but BE NICE!

When you are disrespected, turn the other cheek, but BE NICE!
When you are physically attacked, defend yourself appropriately, but BE NICE!

When it is the right time to express anger, articulate your feelings, but BE NICE!
When someone is almost impossible to deal with, use wisdom, but BE NICE!

When God doesn’t do what you thought He SHOULD do, cry out to Him, but BE NICE!
When you suffer unjustly in body or soul, plead for God’s intervention, but BE NICE!

When you are falsely accused, refute the accusations, but BE NICE!
When your reputation is cruelly trashed, let your consistency in life set the record straight, but BE NICE!

When your anger has been heated by another into a boiling cauldron for revenge, take a deep breath, give the situation to God, allow Him to take care of any and all revenge, and BE NICE!

Being NICE is not a sign of weakness, it is evidence of godly fortitude when you maintain your cool where others might explode.

Sometimes being NICE in response to a very angry person will calm them enough to become cordial. But even if being NICE doesn’t calm them, BE NICE anyway.

Are there times, places, and situations when BEING NICE is not the correct response? Perhaps, but you and I rarely encounter those conditions, so always plan to always BE NICE, especially when your emotions are screaming within your soul.

Our ability to experience a variety of emotions is a wonderful blessing from God, but our emotions were not created to lead us in our actions. Our capacity to reason was created to lead us, and we are to give guidance to our emotions just as a good parent provides strong, loving guidance to a very emotional child.

So, in all things, always plan to BE NICE!

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Influencer & Benefactor

A Daily Leadership Essentials Quote
from Veritas Leadership Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications by David J. Hall

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We only have as much influence in people’s lives
as they have value for us.

( Kris Vallotton / Pastor, Author )

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Receiving Scraps from Ravens?

A Daily Leadership Essentials Quote
from Veritas Leadership Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
by David J. Hall

“Sometimes His miracles are not in the form that we think they should be. We might think we need money for the next step, but He may provide a different resource. We might think that He will open big doors to big places, but instead He may lead us into a desert. We might think we need gift certificates to a grocery store, but He may instead command Ravens to bring us scraps of food.”

( djh / from the article: “At an Impasse?” )

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Bedridden Warriors

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall

“If you feel about as effective as a bedridden sick person with a heavy fry pan facing an army with death in their eyes, don’t forget what a faith-filled shepherd boy did with just a sling and a stone.

From our beds, let’s pray like Elijah. Let’s pray like Paul. Let’s pray like Jesus. Through Christ we can be very victorious as conquering Devil smackers!”

( David J. Hall / from article: “Devil Smacker” )

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Re-Forgiving Those We Have Un-Forgiven

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall

 

“Forgiveness of others is not easy, but it is necessary and can certainly be done. By definition, forgiveness is never deserved and can never be earned or purchased.

Forgiveness is given by an act of the will, and sometimes when we have been deeply wounded we will do well to reaffirm our forgiveness everyday until we are no longer tempted by the lingering pain to un-forgive them.”

( David J. Hall / from article: “Unforgiveness is Unpardoned by God” )

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Happiness is… An Earthly Father, A Heavenly Father

[This was originally posted on my Facebook Wall in April 2010.  Today I am reposting it as a tribute to both of my Fathers, earthly and Heavenly.]

Happiness is… having an earthly father who is sensitive to the leading of our Heavenly Father!!

This afternoon (April 2010) I was diagnosed as having “Full Blown Diabetes,” otherwise known as “Type 2 Diabetes.” When I arrived home I sat down, lifted my hands in praise and worship to my Heavenly Father, and cried with tears.

Within 5 seconds (that’s FIVE SECONDS!) my phone rang.

And who was calling me? It was my earthly father calling me [from Texas] in response to his feeling led by our Heavenly Father to… call me and check in on me!

In the midst of one of life’s storms my Heavenly Father sent His best representative on earth to comfort me, to encourage me, and to strengthen me in His place: My earthly father!

Thanks father, and Father! Thanks dad, and Dad! Thanks abba, and Abba!

Surely, happiness is… having an earthly father who is sensitive to the leading of, and the representation of, our Heavenly Father!!

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Pastors, Master the Art of Prayer

A Daily Leadership Essentials Quote
from Veritas Leadership Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
by David J. Hall

The soul-winner must be a master of the art of prayer. You cannot bring souls to God if you go not to God yourself. You must get your battle-ax, and your weapons of war, from the armoury of sacred communication with Christ. If you are much alone with Jesus, you will catch His Spirit; you will be fired with the flame that burned in His breast, and consumed His life.”

( Charles Spurgeon / from “The Soul Winner” )

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God’s Grace for Joy in Pain

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall

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“In a sense, the pain is almost surreal, but God’s grace is so real, and is provided through His tangible Presence! His grace does not take my pain away. His grace does however equip me physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually to endure the pain, and to do so with a heart that is filled with joy and is established in peaceHis peace!

( David J. Hall / from article: “The Chronic Grace of God” )

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