Feeling truly blessed

By Vic Kohring, February 7, 2014

With 2013 now but a memory, I've done a lot of reflecting back on the year and realize how blessed I am. 

Some may look at my recent experiences and wonder how I can be so positive. I lost a close family member to Alzheimer's Disease after a five year struggle. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against me following the death of my strongest advocate on the panel, Judge Betty Fletcher, who fought for dismissal of the government's bogus conviction.  I did not win my city council race after attempting to make a political comeback. 

Despite all of this, I feel good about the year. Most important is that my father is no longer suffering and is with his Lord and Savior. This fact gives my family and I immense comfort. As to my legal case, notwithstanding the setback, I'm still pleased with the overall result. I won my original appeal in 2011 and have been successful exposing the government prosecutors who tried mightily to destroy me (aided by their friends in the liberal press) with many false accusations and conning a jury over small issues.

Even though I didn't win a seat on the council, I still had a good showing at the polls. To receive over three hundred votes was an incredible result and lets me know there's still significant support in my community. So I have reasons to hold my head high.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said that the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands during times of hardship. I've tried my best to face life's challenges with strength and resolve while maintaining my faith, so that I may be an example and encouragement to others. Being positive helps me endure as does reminding myself that spring always follows winter, daylight after the darkness of night.

I am surrounded by many friends whom I rely on for support. Yes, there have been some who abandoned me during my recent challenges. "Sunshine Patriots" are your friends when times are good, but abandon you when the going gets tough. Such people abound in this world. But I'm pleased to say that most have stayed with me during both good times and bad.  

Philippians 4:13 is one of my favorite Bible verses that I rely on during difficult times: "I can do everything in Him who gives me strength."   

May God bless you and your family with good health and prosperity in the year to come.