So God Made a Farmer

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Admit it, you watch the Superbowl more for the ads than anything else. I know, I know, the level of excellence in the two teams, striving to be the best in the country at running, tackling, passing, sacking and sweating is good too. Yet you enjoy the commercials more.

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Why is that? It’s because companies spend millions for thirty seconds to make you FEEL a certain way.

You all remember the ad that stopped the Superbowl last year. Everyone stopped crunching Doritos when Paul Harvey started talking. They peered in over the kitchen counter, stopped arguing over who was the better team, and leaned in around the living room corner to see what was going on. You may have had the hair on the back of your neck stand up. A friend told me that his grandparent got teary eyed at the tribute to Farmers.

Why?

Why did everyone stop?

What was so different about that feeling that this Truck commercial built up inside of each person that they reacted so strongly?

I read an article the other day at http://www.thesocialleader.com/2014/01/are-you-an-american/ that said it very well.

Not every American can be a farmer. But every citizen can be an American — one who thinks independently, takes action when it is needed, and always takes a stand for the right.

You see, it wasn’t because that Ad was about farmers, it was because it spoke to the fiber of what we believe as Americans. It doesn’t have to be staying up all night with a newborn calf, it could be staying up late with a friend that is in need.

The idea that each person is responsible to do what they can. It’s the idea of entrepreneurship, of “If it’s to be, its up to me.”

The reason we think of Farmers as classic Americana flows from the hard determination that the Farmers of the 19th and early 20th century showed in all they did. Things have changed since the days of the Dustbowl and that independent action doesn’t always reside on the seat of a tractor or shoveling out a horse stall. There are men and women who innovate, who take initiative and accept responsibility.

The farms of a century ago didn’t purchase crop insurance, they trusted their Creator. Those of us today don’t need overbearing regulation from Washington, we need to wake up to those same emotions and actions that we were inspired by at the last Superbowl. We have to consciously make the choice to stand up, and step out.

No, it is not always easy to accept responsibility.

Yet are you really an American or do you just feel like it when Paul Harvey talks about heaving bales and clearing land?

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The Law of the Vital Few

There are those moments when things come together. When a pursuit is verified by something unrelated.Demille Book Cover

First Event, I just finished reading the Phenomenal book We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident: 12 Natural Laws of Freedom, Progress, and Success by Oliver DeMille. He makes the case in this book that even though most people talk a big game about changing the country and restoring freedom and prosperity to America, they are held back by not understanding the Laws that govern governments!

To truly set up a society where freedom can flourish, there must be a group of people that understand the fundamental natural Laws. The Founding Fathers of America were some of the best read on the classics of free-thinkers over the preceding 2500 years. They made the choice to understand the natural laws.

For those of us that desire to make an impact, this short book is a Must Read!

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Second Event, I spent this past week, January 12-18, in Davis Oklahoma with TeenPact Leadership Schools at their Staff Training Event. There were about 130 youth there that have the opportunity this season to serve with the ministry of TeenPact. If you haven’t had a chance to check out TeenPact, their mission is to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberties, defend the Christian Faith, and engage the culture at a time in their lives when, typically, they do not care about such things. The Christian camaraderie, worship with like-minded believers, deep conversations with others my own age, teaching from those who are rock-solid in their faith, the week was phenomenal. Events like that make me excited because I know there are others of my generation who are willing to be a light for Christ.

In talking with the Founder of TeenPact, Tim Echols, he shared with me his vision of having a group of individuals committed to excellence. Having a sort of brotherhood of those that are willing to hold each other accountable to high standards. To be, as he would put it, “William Wilberforces” of our generation. Wilberforce, of course, is the man who, with a group of others, brought the slave trade to an end in Great Britain. He also set his life towards reforming the terrible standard of living in 1700’s London.

The reason, all these things came together in my mind is because of the Law of the Vital Few, written about by DeMille. Here is an excerpt from the chapter:

We desperately need a certain type of citizen in our modern society, the kind of person who, like the American founding generations, gets out and gets actively involved in addressing the needs of our communities.

This is the true hope of our free nations: people who take initiative on their own without government, spreading philanthropy, building businesses, volunteering and serving, looking around to see what is needed and organizing people to improve our neighborhoods and towns.

I know that there is this sort of culture alive and well with the high-achieving youth of TeenPact, in LIFE leadership communities across the United States, and in pockets here and there. But those of us who understand that if change is to happen it is up to us must make it a priority to be the Vital Few.

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The American founding generation was led by just such individuals, and a new crop of leaders is desperately needed again in our day.

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If you are reading this, you are capable of being one of these leaders. And now is the time to take action.

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