It’s easy to look at the world and just feel like we are losing the battle. Socialism at our door step, confusing children with gender identity at young ages, an attack on our First Amendment, an attack on our Second Amendment, leaving babies to die that survive abortion, terrifying our youth by telling them the world is ending in twelve years, school shootings, a total removal of God from pretty much everything…… it can make you feel like there’s no hope. But, I want to tell you there is hope.
Last night I attended my local county’s school board meeting. I had a zillion things I needed to get done as mom, but the Board was deciding some very important things and I knew emailing them wasn’t enough. I had to speak up, I had to speak out. Believe it or not, I get nervous to speak- but I believe God wants us to push through our fears. To not be silent. So I pushed through the fear and I went.
I spoke, and others spoke- hoping that the predominantly liberal board would hear us out. Hoping that perhaps we might move the needle a little bit.
As I left the meeting, I was stopped by a man. He said “I agree with you, thank you for speaking up.” He looked so familiar. I glanced down at his shirt and there was a picture of his son. I knew this face- it was Kendrick Castillo, the young man who gave his life to defend his classmates in the STEM school shooting last Spring. Tears swelled into my eyes, I couldn’t talk -which is rare, all I could do is pull him in for a hug and say “thank you. Thank you for raising an incredible son.”
I went to bed last night not knowing how the board would vote. I do know that I did the right thing though. I could have stayed home. I could have gotten all the things I needed to get done done, but I chose to speak up.
As I got up this morning and rushed around the house getting kids ready for school, my husband sent me a text. The text stated that the School Board ruled in our favor! I was shocked, because honestly I thought we had little chance of victory.
A battle won. It may be small, but it’s a win.
Do I think we got a win because people showed up and spoke up- yes I do.
I truly believe that we can no longer be silent. That we can no longer go about our “day to day” too busy to get involved, too busy to speak up and speak out.
The opposition wins because no one is standing up to them. They win because we are all too often too busy and too silent. We allow the minority to rule the majority.
Kendrick Castillo gave his LIFE, the very least WE can do is give our VOICE.
Hope comes when YOU and ME speak up and speak out!