Monday, September 10, 2018

PURPOSE- What I have learned from running for Congress (Part 3 of 3)



You haven’t lived until you have had $750,000 or more in negative advertising spent against you. I say that tongue and cheek and it always gets a laugh, but in reality it is true. It is a completely new perspective on life. 

What does our personal reputations actually mean to us? When we are attacked (our good names and reputation), it is a test of our security and where our ultimate worth is found.

I am a different person because of what I just went through running for Congress. From an eight person field to a two person runoff where it got highly competitive and not so friendly, I am different in a great way. I am stronger, bolder, and more secure in the love of my family, my friends and my God. 
Rev. Rafael Cruz with us a few weeks before the runoff

The Friday night after the polls had closed on early voting during the runoff, our little group of church members at Reality Community, that my husband and I have pastored went down to another church, the Oaks Church, for a night of worship. I was standing there in the presence of the Lord singing these beautiful songs and I just let it all wash over me - six weeks of ignoring all of the ads hitting people’s mailboxes and three weeks of TV ads calling me a liar because I talked about my opponent’s documented record. It just hit me what I had been trying to ignore for a month - I had been suffering. It hit me! This was something that I had never really felt before. This was what persecution felt like. 

In our modern American world, we don’t really understand suffering and persecution AT ALL. I know I didn't and still don't. Even with this political “persecution” that I just experienced (and I use that term lightly), it is nothing compared to what Christians in Egypt go through or Muslims that convert and have to endure horrific suffering because of their bold stands for Jesus. I was just standing up for America. But what I learned through this experience was rich and full of wisdom for my life in the future. I learned more about my PURPOSE

I learned how to walk in peace and joy every day while at the same time being tested, stretched, overworked, exhausted, fighting fear, and pushing ever barrier in my life. Running for Congress was the hardest thing I have ever done but it was also where I had the most joy. In the midst of suffering and persecution, I was living my purpose in that moment and that brought joy to my heart.  In the moments that I was running for Congress, my life all made sense, every experience I had had, every piece of information I had learned, every test that I had walked through, it all made sense and I was the most alive of my life.

What am I taking away from this life-changing experience?

This revelation: I have the ability to live in peace and joy every day of my life regardless of my circumstances if I trust God for my daily strength and wisdom and peace. 

Thankful for patriots like Lt. Col. Allen B. West supporting me on this mission
Sometimes we don’t understand the power of God to hold us steady in His presence until we NEED him. During this past season, I needed Him daily to get through my day on top and I identified my need every day. In that pursuit of Him every moment with my heart reaching for wisdom, patience, and peace, I found my real purpose. I discovered more about who I really am and I found out how faithful He is.

I discovered that if you want to change anything or do anything of worth in this life, you have to be ready for push back. 

When we stand up for what is right, we will have people who hate us. Get ready it will happen, but don’t be afraid. 

Philippians 1:29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”

As attacks against my name kept happening, we started having fun with it. 
This is one of my life verses that God gave me when I was a nineteen year old Bible school student in the early 90’s. I thought it meant that I would end up in war torn Rwanda at the time, that I would die a martyr (that could still happen), or that I would endure more suffering than others over the course of my life. For the first time during this race, I felt like I was closer to understanding what this verse meant for my life and the life of the Body of Christ as a whole. We have a choice to choose suffering for the good of the people around us and for truth. 

I want to encourage everyone to pursue your purpose. Don’t sit back. Push the envelope. Right the wrongs. Stand on the front lines of the battle. When you go for it (whatever “it” is for you), you find strength and you find supernatural fortitude that you can only discover in that place. It is so worth it and so rewarding. 

God wants to walk with you through the “valley of the shadow of death” and it is where you discover that you can truly “fear no evil” because He is with you. (Psalm 23). 

Our son, Ben, and his girlfriend after our big debate
The real purpose of our life is to walk with God. Regardless of our career, how we spend our time every day, our goals, our greatest purpose is to know Jesus. 

Here is one of my favorite scriptures John 17:24 that draws out our ultimate purpose in life, to know Jesus. This is part of Jesus’ final High Priestly prayer before He went to the cross. This was His ultimate desire for us and His great purpose.

John 17:24 Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” 

Again our purpose can be found in walking in His will for our lives and sticking close to the One who knows us better than anyone.  He is the One who can shield us from worldly persecution through giving us lasting joy and peace deep, deep in our hearts. 



Ultimately this Congressional run taught me much more about walking with Jesus - MY PURPOSE - and that was worth everything. I am forever thankful that He gives me my ultimate purpose. 

To read part 1 of this series on PRAYER, click here.

To read part 2 of this series on POLITICAL ACTIVISM, click here

I would love to come speak on any of these topics or much more on politics (impacting America for good) or religion (walking with God). 

Invite me at bunni@bunnipounds.com or 972-922-0022. 

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