Yesterday, I was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff here in Hinds County, Mississippi. Eleven years ago, as newlywed in my first marriage, I became a member of the Hinds County Sheriff's Department, leaving a career in journalism.
Now, as a newlywed in my second marriage, I am on my second tour with the Sheriff's Department. The reason that I left the first time was to begin my decade in elected office. Could history repeat itself even more, meaning that I will start a second decade as an elected official? Only time will tell. Right now, I am focusing on my new career move and my new marriage.
Any election that I would be interested in won't be for another two years. Meanwhile, I can recoup mentally, physically and financially, in other words being selfish. People do not realize what a sacrifice it is to serve in elective office. They see you on television, or in the newspaper, and think there is some glamour associated with that.
All it does it make you a target and takes time away from personal needs and desires. Nevertheless, I would never trade my experience with anyone. I enjoy public service and I still believe it is the highest aim of mankind.
Therefore, I will never rule out a possible run in the future. Right now, my focus is on me and my family. Technically, I am still in public service, and I have been travelling the state speaking wherever people invite me to come. As long as I can be an inspirational figure for folks, I will continue to offer myself in that capacity.
I am still working on my 2009 goals set forth in my first blog entry and, more importantly, I am still a work in progress on my Christian journey. My faith has gotten me through some tough days in my life and my personal testimony is that God has never failed me yet.
I know that He will protect me during my current tour with Sheriff's Department as He did the first time. I also know that if He opens a door for me to go back into elective politics, that it will be another successful venture.
Thanks to all of you who have prayed for me and have expressed kind comments over these last few months. Keep me, and my family, in your prayers and may God continue to bless you, be with you and keep you in His favor always.