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Colson, Geller & Ayers: What do they have in common with you?

Chuck Colson, Founder of Prison Fellowship
Chuck Colson, Founder of Prison Fellowship
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On April 21, Chuck Colson, founder of the ministry outreach Prison Fellowship, died. Most news outlets led with a headline that referenced his connection to the Nixon administration and his criminal disgrace in the Watergate scandal but what Chuck Colson spent the majority of his life doing was serving his savior, Jesus Christ. Summing up his purpose, he often said, "I live everyday to the fullest because I live it for Christ. And no matter what I do today ... I'm going to do something to advance the kingdom of God." A reason to get up everyday.

Pamela Geller, blogger-owner of, began her publishing career at the New York Daily News. She and Robert Spencer spearhead The Freedom Defense Initiative whose purpose is pushing back when they perceive legal, academic, legislative, cultural, sociological, and political actions are afoot which may dismantle American freedoms and values. At a March 22 speech in Lakewood, Colo. she related "Everyday I wake up and ask myself, what can I do today to restore the republic?" A reason to get up everyday.

Bill Ayers, co-founder of the Vietnam War protest group, the Weather Underground, and today a retired professor of education from the University of Illinois in Chicago continues to stir civil activism. On March 31, speaking to Occupy Wall Street protestors at Union Square in New York City, Ayers told them, “I instead choose to nourish what I call a politics of confidence, that is, I get up every morning thinking, today I'm gonna make a difference. Today I'm gonna end capitalism. Today I'm gonna make a revolution. I go to bed every night disappointed, but I'm back again tomorrow." A reason to get up everyday.

Three different worldviews but a common purpose - "I'm going to make a difference today." What’s your reason to get up everyday?