THE BIBLE OR THE BAYONET
By Coach Dave Daubenmire
July 7, 2011
“Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled, either by a power within them, or by a power without them; either by the Word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible, or by the bayonet” -Robert Winthrop
Like millions of Americans, my wife and I love to attend the various fireworks displays all around the area during the celebration of America’s Independence from England. It has been our family custom over the last two decades to invade downtown Columbus, Ohio for their massive Red, White, and Boom celebration.
We looked forward to this year’s event because of the opportunity to share it with our beautiful nine-month old granddaughter who would be joining in the family tradition for the first time.
As usual, the fireworks display was terrific and watching little Reese’s eyes widen as the sky lit-up with a plethora of colors was especially enjoyable to this new grandpa. It was a perfect opportunity to reflect on how the “torch gets passed” in handed-down family traditions.
I am sure that my children would love to continue the tradition so steeped in family memories as they do a tag-team hand-off to their children. I pray that we share many more such events with young Daubenmire-offspring yet unborn. Grandkids really do give one a different perspective on life.
I only vaguely remember my own father packing us up and driving the seemingly insurmountable hour-long trek to “downtown” Columbus. When I was a kid, an hour long drive required the same planning as a vacation. We were small town folks…baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet…and my parents were somewhat wary of the “big city” and it’s evil influences. We were “country folk” and proud of it.
I often joke with my daughter Abby that her daughter Reese had hit the jackpot by being born into our family. Not that we are affluent, or have a lineage of silver spoons in our mouths, but merely the reality that our granddaughter had been born into a family where she would never lack for love. It is the cloth from which she was cut.
She was birthed into a family where family was valued, God has honored, and His precepts were foundational. Little Reese’s lineage is one where those who repeated “for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health” meant it.