"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." ~ Isaiah 9:6
Working through those hard times to find things for which to be grateful was challenging but ultimately fruitful, and it changed my attitude about life for the better. I hope there are some snippets of wisdom in these words that will help you get through a difficult Thanksgiving and Christmas season.
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland." ~ Isaiah 43:18-19
We all want to do a new thing in 2016, just as we do whenever a new year begins. One of my favorite writers, Ann Voskamp, offers some wisdom on how we can break through the barriers that impede us from using our gifts to God's glory. Trust the Lord to help you do a new thing this year!
Happy New Year from our house to yours!
I wrote this article a few years ago as I was coming out of a period of unemployment, and I hope the words give someone out there hope this Christmas season.
Three years after I wrote that article, I was going through yet another trial, but the outcome changed my relationship with the Lord, and therefore my life, forever. This article is Part Two of my journey toward a permanent attitude of gratitude, and I hope it is a lifeline for those of you who are suffering as Thanksgiving approaches.
If you did not catch the previous article, please scroll back in my timeline to read it, or you can go here:
I am grateful to God for each one of you!
A recent study got lost in the news around racially-charged events at the University of Missouri, and the juxtaposition of these two stories reinforced for me the futility of politics as a pathway to racial harmony. It's simply not big enough or compassionate enough to acknowledge pain wherever it resides.
I am proud of my University for inviting him, as I know such courtesy isn't typically extended by secular institutions to conservative speakers, or if they are invited, the subsequent protests by students and faculty lead to them being "disinvited". I expect our students and faculty to be gracious, as our Lord is gracious.
I also commend Senator Sanders for accepting the invitation. The public may not know that we invite public figures from both sides of the political spectrum to come and speak to our students, but practically all of those left of center decline. I respect him for his decision to come.
- Liberty UniversityAssociate Dean and Assistant Professor of Government, 2011 - present
- Regular Folks UnitedPresident, 2009 - 2011
- Frederick Douglass Foundation of MarylandPresident, 2011 - 2011
- 5M Consulting Services, LLCPresident, 2007 - 2011
Ron Miller of Lynchburg, Virginia is an associate dean and assistant professor of government at Liberty University, commentator and author of SELLOUT: Musings From Uncle Tom’s Porch. The nine-year plus veteran of the U.S. Air Force and married father of three has written columns for numerous online sites and print publications.
Ron has been a contributor to a variety of radio, television and print outlets, to include Fox and Friends, The 700 Club, Jansing and Co., C-SPAN2’s Book TV, CBN News, America’s Morning News, the Washington Post, the Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller and more, and is an accomplished speaker who gives presentations at events around the country.
Ron served in the federal government from 2001 to 2004 as a senior executive with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. He was recognized by Federal Computer Week in 2002 and 2003 as one of the “Federal 100″ leaders in government information technology, cited both years for his technology leadership in the homeland security arena. Since 2004, he has held senior management positions with the American Red Cross and in the private sector and ran his own consulting firm.
Prior to joining the federal government, Ron was a senior requirements analyst, project manager, and division manager in the private sector from 1992 to 2001, and served in the U.S. Air Force as an air intelligence officer from 1983 to 1992, attaining the rank of Captain. His military honors include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Mr. Miller holds a B.A. in Political Science from Texas Tech University and a M.S. in International Relations from Troy State University. He was a Republican candidate for the Maryland Senate in 2006. Mr. Miller has been married for 30 years to the former Annik (ah-NEEK) Aeschbach of Hegenheim, France and they are the proud parents of two daughters and a son.
- Texas Tech UniversityPolitical Science, 1978 - 1982
- Troy UniversityInternational Relations, 1987 - 1989