My wife graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS after having grown up in Macon, Missouri. I met her while attending my sister’s graduation ceremonies, they were roommates their senior year in college. I was blown away not only by her beauty, but by her maturity. She had an air of confidence, not arrogance, but an understanding that she was loved and taken care of. She was and is feisty, with an incredibly adventurous spirit. She knew what she wanted, and she had short term vision on how to get there. But, her heart for others was what struck me after talking to her over the following summer for hours upon hours.
She loved people and was in the midst of returning from Romania to work at an orphanage for a month then work in Glacier National Park in Montana for a couple months to fulfill her adventure dream. After we were married and she finished graduate school to be a counselor, I began seeing the real talents in my wife beyond loving me unconditionally. She is fantastic with children. She loves them, and she understands them in ways most just will never comprehend. She specializes in play therapy as a (provisionally) licensed counselor and she’s great at it.
The point of giving you all this history is to show that not only did I marry an amazing woman, but her ability to love has shaped my stance on many issues. I remember recently being at a function for Sen. Mike Kehoe and praying that the Lord would allow me to have an interaction that would affirm my desire to run for political office. I figured someone would come tell me how excited they were that I was running. Instead, God taught me something else. He taught me that I’m in this thing to love others. I had an amazing conversation with a gentlemen who’s significant other was struggling with late term cancer and was not doing well. I listened, cared, and worried for him. I prayed for him after having left the event. It was God once again reminding me that it has never been about me; He has me in this to love others and do what I can to serve them.
Since being married, Amy has taught me so much about love and compassion. And, I hope throughout this campaign, we can show that our utmost desire is to love others, our community, our family and our state.
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging symbol.” 1 Corinthians 13:1