Does God have a plan for each of us? He remains in control if we trust him to lead us. He leaves us wondering what the plan is, but that does not mean he will let us know what it is. It all depends on faith and trust. What I am doing here has been on my mind for many years.
I got my spine fractured 56 years ago, along with the usual nerve damage that affects my body’s different parts. I was 23 at the time; my first thoughts were that the easiest thing to do would be to give up. I know now the battle was worth fighting. Life can be hard to understand. There is no perfect life in this world.
I felt a need to share my life experience with the rest of this world, so I wrote the book How I Lived 55 Plus Years With a Spine Injury. That book tells about my life after the accident to the present time. https://www.amazon.com/Lived-Years-Spinal-Cord-Injury/dp/1980400830
After all these years, I have concluded I could never have made it without the grit and fortitude in my genes. The Finnish people call it Sisu. There’s no actual definition for Sisu, but it is a strength or power that people have.
If you combine Sisu with having faith in God, anything is possible. I firmly believe I received that strength to go forward, to press on from my Finnish and Norwegian ancestors. I’ve always respected and been in awe at the suffering, sacrifice, and hard work that tested and tempered their faith. It took courage to leave their homelands, but they wanted to build a country where people would have the power. They would create a government of laws where all are treated equally and call it a Democracy.
I recently decided to honor my ancestors with a book I have written titled Plights and Perils of Persevering Pioneers. It tells the story of some of my family’s lives on the ship and after arriving in America. They all lived in Michigan for a short time working in the copper mines. They saved money, and a few came directly to Dakota Territory seeking farmland while others worked in Northern Minnesota at the iron mines. They later came West to the Dakotas.
Those ancestors would be shocked to see what has happened to this land since they settled it. They built it strong with hard work, faith, and brotherly love.
The United States is divided today by people who got filled with hate for their brothers and sisters. They want things done their way and refuse to cooperate with anyone having different religious or political ideas. Many get driven by greed, accumulate wealth and power, even while using religion as a tool. People want their kingdoms. Love Thy Neighbor has been forgotten by many.
It is a selfish thought, but that might be why the Lord kept me here, to write this book. They built this country on faith and laws. All are created equal.
The election is rapidly approaching. All voters, please use your right to vote, and keep this country free from hate and intolerance.