Just a few days ago, my eight year old son re-declared his belief that God is actively calling him to be a missionary sharing hope through the Good News to the impoverished of the world. He studied hard his Spanish lesson for the day as he prepares to share hope specifically to children on a mission trip to Honduras this summer. He could not declare his purpose and calling so freely and openly without the protection that God has allowed through our public servants' hard work. We thank you for your diligence in keeping Indiana a place where 8 year-olds can still believe in God and openly serve Him.
Just yesterday, my six year old son took his first long bike ride with family on his brand new two-wheeled birthday present. East Side Park, where many of you public servants gathered tonight, was his destination of choice and a fun two mile round trip for the little guy. He could not enjoy the ride had not you public servants faithfully devoted your time and efforts in making Washington and Indiana safer places to be. We thank you for your dedication in providing safety for 6 year-olds and their families to adventure on their birthday bicycles.
Today, my eighteen month old son cried little and laughed often. His biggest worry was when daddy was too busy fixing a plumbing leak to read to him the story, "Corduroy's Day". He couldn't enjoy the security and peace that he does without you public servants committing countless hours to making sure families are healthily supported by our local and state governments. We thank you for your commitment to strengthening God's first human institution, the family.
Speaking of plumbing leaks, today my wife and I fixed two of them in the new home we have purchased and are in the process of remodeling. It felt good to know that my rights and property are secured by your legislation and oversight from would-be scam artists and cheats, even if they still suffer from my amateur plumbing skills. We thank you for your wisdom that protects our dwelling and property ensuring that we have a place of peace to call home.
I travel to third world countries annually. Government corruption plagues the everyday individuals' freedom of religion, safety, security, and peace. We thank God for you and for His use of you to care for the people He created in Washington, Daviess County, and Indiana.
It was a pleasure to be with you this evening at the Daviess County Republican Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner. It was an honor to thank God for you and to continue to ask His forgiveness, faith, and favor on your public service. No matter our political party affiliation, generation, gender, religion, or social class, we all owe you our thanks for your efforts of servant leadership.
May you rest well tonight in the knowledge that God uses you and will continue to do so as long as you pursue His principles and put people as a priority over personal gain, popularity, and pride.
"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, Godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." - 1 Timothy 2:1-4